Mackay trainer Stuart Kendrick is expecting an improved Doubtfilly to show up on Saturday for the 2012 Furious Stakes (1400m) after finishing second first-up in Brisbane two weeks ago.
Kendrick said the Golden Slipper fourth placegetter was not at full fitness for the first-up run but praised her ability to fight to the line after a number of things went against her.
“I sort’ve went to Brisbane knowing that she wasn’t 100 percent wound up,” Kendrick said.
“She drew an awkward gate and had a little bit of weight. She ended up having to go forward and ended up leading.
“I was really happy with the run…she fought all the way to the line and will take plenty of improvement out of it.”
Experienced jockey Jim Byrne has been booked for Saturday’s test and Kendrick suggested he would be instructed to ride the three-year-old in a more reserved manner.
“She’ll be ridden a little bit quieter on Saturday,” Kendrick said.
The Queensland trainer said Doubtfilly had strengthened up over the winter and is confident she is a strong winning chance in the three-year-old fillies’ feature on Saturday.
“She’s never going to be a big filly but she’s definitely strengthened up,” Kendrick said.
The daughter of Not A Single Doubt showed she could perform with a seven-day turnaround when going from the Magic Night Stakes to the Golden Slipper in the autumn and Kendrick said Saturday week’s Golden Rose was a strong possibility.
“Depending on what she did last time we’ve still got the Golden Rose in mind,” he said.
The other logical option for Doubtfilly is to continue through the Princess Series with the two remaining races after this weekend the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) on September 22 and the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) next month.
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