Rob Heathcote’s class mare Fillydelphia has been assigned the long-term goal of next year’s Tattersall’s Tiara, formerly the Winter Stakes, during the 2012 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival after she became a dual stakes winner at Doomben over the weekend.
The four-year-old daughter of Bianconi scored an eye-catching one and a quarter length win over veteran stablemate Humma in the $80,000 Listed Brisbane Handicap (1630m) on Saturday.
It was Fillydelphia’s eighth career triumph and her third from four starts this season, Heathcote quick to lay praise on the improving mare that has now won over $320,000 for connections.
“She’s a quality mare and I have always suspected the mile (1600m) will be her pet distance,” Heathcote said.
“This (the Brisbane Handicap) is a time honoured race and she put a few to the sword out there.”
Fillydelphia was bred by current co-owner Frank Wolber who has benefited from not being able to sell Fillydelphia for his requested reserve at the Magic Millions sales when she was a yearling.
“We had her at the Magic Millions sale and wanted $20,000,” he said.
“We got an offer for $17,000 and we said ‘no, no, we will hang on to her’; it’s worked out well.
“It makes it extra special when we have bred her ourselves.
“I have raced horses for a long time.
“I have bred a few and brought a few but when you breed them yourself and pick the sire, it is very rewarding.”
To date Fillydelphia’s biggest career success was her three length romp in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2020m) at Doomben back in May, but that will change if she can go all the way and salute in the 2012 Tattersall’s Tiara.
Worth $500,000 in prize money, the fillies-and-mares’ only Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m), previously registered as the Winter Stakes, is one of the winter carnival’s premier features and is set to run at Eagle Farm Racecourse on June 23 next year.
“I think she’s an ideal Winter Stakes horse for next year’s (Brisbane Winter Racing) Carnival and that will be her long-term goal,” Heathcote said.
Before being sent out to the paddock this season, however, Fillydelphia still has to more races on her program with the $80,000 Listed Recognition Stakes (1600m) at Eagle Farm on December 3 and the lucrative $200,000 Listed Bernborough Handicap (1615m) on December 31.
“Her goals this campaign are the Recognition Stakes and Bernborough Handicap next month,” Heathcote confirmed.
Saturday’s Brisbane Handicap runner-up, Heathcote’s Iglesia eight-year-old Humma who won both the Toowoomba Cup and Queensland Chairman’s Handicap earlier this year, is also on-way to the Bernborough Handicap.
“Humma is an old marvel and he’ll now go on now to the Bernborough Handicap,” Heathcote said.
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