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Patinack Farm’s classy filly Pane In The Glass may be one of the 2011 Golden Rose market firmers for the opening Group One of the season, but trainer John Thompson is firmly focussed on vying for an unheralded Sydney Spring Carnival Princess Series whitewash, the quest continuing in the Furious Stakes this Saturday.
Testa Rossa three-year-old Pane In The Glass resumed after a highly successful juvenile season with a hard-fought first-up victory in the Group 3 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m).
It was a very promising start to the season for the filly as she overcame an awkward gate and many late challenges to hold on a salute in the opening race of the 2011 Princess Series.
Now a four-time winner, Pane In The Glass is also a multiple elite level performer having run third and second respectively behind Peter Snowden’s genuine colt Helmet in the Group 1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) last campaign.
After her resuming win in the Silver Shadow, and based on her strong Group 1 form as a two-year-old, Pane In The Glass has been well-backed in the Luxbet futures markets for Saturday week’s $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m).
In the Luxbet Golden Rose odds, Pane In The Glass is the second shortest-priced filly at a quote of $17.
Connections, however, will not be swayed with Thompson warning not to back Pane In The Glass for the Rose.
The set-in-stone plan is to continue on the Princess Series, Pane In The Glass seeking a win in the second leg to add to her Silver Shadow trophy when she contests the $175,000 Group 2 Furious Stakes (1400m) this Saturday.
“We are definitely keeping Pane In The Glass for the fillies races this spring,” Thompson confirmed.
“This has always been our plan and she won’t be running in the Golden Rose.”
Due to jump from the inside alley in the 10-filly Furious Stakes 2011 field with Singapore-based hoop Joao Moreira engaged, Pane In The Glass is the $4.80 second favourite through Luxbet in Warwick Farm Race 5 markets lead by the Peter Snowden-trained Anise ($3.20).
Following on from Saturday, Anise will continue onto the Golden Rose showdown as the best backed filly in the feature to win at a current quote of $14 through Luxbet, while Pane In The Glass will bypass the showdown.
Next up for Pane In The Glass then will be the third and fourth Princess Series races, the $175,000 Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1500m) at Randwick on September 17 and the $400,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) on October 1 – Epsom Handicap Day.
It would be a unique feat for Pane In The Glass to go through the four-race series undefeated, the only fillies before her to have done so being Angst (1993) and Samantha Miss (2008).
While Thompson is confident that Pane In The Glass has the ability to become the Furious Stakes winner on Saturday, the filly having already defeated the majority of her rivals first-up excluding the biggest threat Anise, he would have preferred to be racing at Royal Randwick.
The Chelmsford Stakes Day programme was transferred to Warwick Farm after structural issues with the QEII stand at Randwick, an issue that has irked a number of trainers including Thompson.
“She just got up to win last start and I’d much rather she was racing on a bigger track,” he said.
“But we have to wear it.
“I’m not happy about it but there is nothing we can do.
“The good news is the filly has definitely come on since her first-up win, we are really happy with her.”
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