Mackay-based trainer Stuart Kendrick is excited over the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival campaign he has penciled in for his Golden Slipper fourth placegetter Doubtfilly who will race in the Princess Series 2012 for fillies.
A bargain buy at the 2011 Magic Millions QTIS 600 Yearling Sales for just $17,500, the now three-year-old daughter of Not A Single Doubt has already amassed over $528,000 in prize money over her eight start career to date.
From those eight starts Doubtfilly has recorded four victories.
She also boasts two fourth place finishes at group level at Rosehill during the autumn firstly when beaten less than a length by Ichihara in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m), and then in the world’s richest race for juveniles.
In the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) Doubtfilly finished three and a half lengths away fourth to Gai Waterhouse’s star colt Pierro as a $91 roughie just earning her connections back the hefty $150,000 late entry they paid for her to run in the classic, and Kendrick is convinced she has come on since then.
“It was a huge buzz for everyone involved with her and hopefully she can keep the ride going for us again this campaign,” Kendrick said of the Golden Slipper.
Doubtfilly was given a searching hitout over 800m at her home track up in North Queensland last week, one that impressed Kendrick ahead of the filly’s first-up assignment across the border.
“She’s come along really well since the jump-out which she won quite easily as you would expect,” Kendrick said.
“I plan to give her another jump-out here in a couple of weeks. Then she’ll spend a day or two in Brisbane to break up the float trip on the way to Sydney.”
Kendrick is keen to target the three legs of spring’s Princess Series of races which kicks off at Warwick Farm on August 25 with the $125,000 Group 3 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m).
The series continues at Royal Randwick on September 22 with the $175,000 Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1500m) before culminating with the $400,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600im) back at Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day, Saturday October 6.
Kendrick however also hasn’t ruled out the opening elite level of the season, Doubtfilly a chance of taking on the boys again this time in the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 15.
“She’s been nominated for the Golden Rose which is a week after the Furious, or, if we decide to continue in the Princess Series she’ll go on to the Tea Rose and Flight Stakes,” Kendrick explained.
If not tied up with other bookings Damien Oliver, aboard Doubtfilly in the Golden Slipper, will be offered the saddle on her this time in.
“Damien will be offered the ride but it will depend on what commitments he has at the time,” Kendrick confirmed.
Futures Golden Rose odds at bookmaker.com.au are led by the undefeated Pierro ($3.50) with Black Caviar’s half-brother All Too Hard the $3.80 second fancy.
Doubtfilly can be found much further down the markets at a generous quote of $51.
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