Lady Melksham Kicks Off 2013 Robert Sangster Stakes Campaign

When talented Melbourne mare Lady Melksham resumes at Moonee Valley on Friday night it will be the first step on the road to Group 1 glory in the 2013 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) at Morphetville next month.

Lady Melksham will be aimed at Robert Sangster Stakes this autumn. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The four-year-old has made an impressive start to her career with four wins from seven starts.

That record might be even better had she not had her spring cut short after fracturing her skull when last in the Listed Alinghi Stakes.

The daughter of Artie Schiller hinted there are bigger things to come in August when winning the Group 3 Cockram Stakes at Caulfield.

On Friday she will get the chance to show her sprinting ability when contesting the $55,000 Mazda 55 Second Challenge Heat (955m).

Trainer John Sadler admits she won’t be at her peak for the hit-out but is confident she is forward enough to give it a real shake.

“They’ll go very quickly which will suit her and hopefully she can get home over the top of them,” Sadler told Racing Victoria.

Sadler said Lady Melksham has no hangover effects from the injury that cut short her spring and believes she is more “physically and mentally” more mature than last preparation.

The Flemington trainer said she will have one further run after this weekend before contesting the Robert Sangster, otherwise known as the 2013 Sportingbet Classic, on April 27.

Among her major rivals on Friday is fellow lightly-raced mare Honey Flower who will also be running first-up.

The Caulfield-based four-year-old has won four of eight starts and will be chasing a third consecutive victory after ending her spring campaign with wins at Geelong and in the Listed Mumm Stakes at Flemington.

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