Brett Thompson’s Mudgee-based filly Classical Melody will be challenged with a huge class rise on Saturday, the last-start provincial winner to take on a crack field in the Inglis 2YO Classic 2012 at Rosehill when she makes her big city debut.
The daughter of Librettist has had two starts on country tracks in New South Wales to date, running a good third on debut at Scone back on December 27 before her last start win over 1000 metres at Orange on January 7.
Having seen enough to suggest Classical Melody, a bargain buy at just $16,000 from the 2011 Sydney Classic Yearling Sale, has ability, Thompson nominated her for this weekend’s $250,000 Inglis Classic (1200m).
While it will certainly be a testing assignment for the young filly, especially with big name entry Diamond Earth in the mix, Thompson has high hopes for Classical Melody to not only bring some stiff competition, but to be first over the line in an upset.
“I reckon we’ll be in the top three, and I reckon we can win it,” Thompson said boldly.
Classical Melody’s times are certainly right with her Orange win being in 58.58, and Thompson is confident stepping up to the 1200 metres will suit her.
“The mother’s (Zebithea) won over 2000 (metres) so I honestly think the further the race goes the better it’ll suit her,” he said.
While all the pre-race hype has been over the Anthony Cummings-trained Diamond Earth who has already raced their way to over $325,000 in prize money thanks to wins in the Inglis Banner and Inglis Nursery, Thompson remains unfazed and isn’t scared off by all the spruiking going on.
“I know there’s one of Cummings’ in it that’s won two but to me when I saw those races it looked like he (sic) fell in over the thousand metres and only just got there,” he said.
“I heard the talk is he’s going to try and ride it with cover and that’s telling me that he’s a bit worried about the 1200 (metres).
“It’s won 300,000 but it’s in these restricted races and they’re easier to win.”
Thompson said that he has also been lured by the good prize money on offer in Sydney, helping him make the decision to test Classical Melody at Rosehill as opposed to keeping her on the provincial circuit.
“Our plan has always been to go down and have a crack at this race,” he said.
“I’ve got young owners and different blokes that have never been down there and I said she won’t win sitting in a box.
“They pay 5000 (dollars) down to eighth and that’s as much as we get for winning a race down here.
“You never know, you won’t know unless you have a crack.”
The last time Thompson made the trip to Sydney was in May last year when Hewentwhoosh, a half-brother to Classical Melody, ran seventh in a mile race at Warwick Farm after blundering the start.
When comparing this filly to Dane Shadow gelding Hewentwhoosh, Thompson said that she is in better condition at her age than her older brother was as a juvenile, her physical appearance and relaxed nature having first caught his eye at the Sydney Inglis Sales.
“She had very good bones, she had good scope she was just nice and relaxed, she reminded me a lot of her brother and she was a good free walker,” he said.
“She was a lot better put together and she had better size than Hewentwhoosh.
“The mare that she’s out of (Zebithea) has had four first-season sires and she’s thrown winners to all of them.
“She hasn’t thrown a stakes winner or anything yet but this one (Classical Melody) might be it.”
Thompson also pointed to the strong two-year-old season Classical Melody’s sire Librettist had in England back in 2004.
“Librettist the first season sire she’s by, he won his two-year-old races over 1400,” he said.
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