2013 Crown Oaks Target for Lady Lakshmi

Progressive Lonhro filly Lady Lakshmi could develop into a genuine Group 1 chance for the Crown Oaks 2013 this Melbourne Cup Carnival according to her Mornington-based trainers David Brideoake and David Feek.

Lady Lakshmi

Lady Lakshmi could be 2013 Crown Oaks bound this spring. Photo: Bruno Cannatelli.

The rising three-year-old has won both of her runs this year following two below par efforts in her opening season in Melbourne last spring including her distant sixth behind Villa Verde on Melbourne Cup Day in the Listed 7News Plate (1000m).

First-up on May 22 she enjoyed her breakthrough success on a mud Sandown track over 1000m before thriving with a step up to 1400m at Flemington on June 8 when the easy winner of the Murray Cox Handicap.

She races again this Saturday returning to Victoria’s premier racecourse where she will vie for her third straight victory this time in the $80,000 Ken Cox Handicap (1410m).

After that it will be onto black type company at Flemington again on July 6 for the $120,000 Listed Taj Rossi Series Final where she’ll get a look at the 1600m for the first time, Saturday’s Ken Cox Handicap a heat for that event.

“The first goal for a horse like her with her pedigree is to get some black type,” co-trainer Feek said.

“After her last win we decided to target her at that Listed race and although no race is easy to win, it’s going to be weaker than a spring race.

“We’ve always thought she had good ability and I think last start she showed a lot of class.”

Should she continue to rise through the ranks the way she has during the autumn then it will be a big spring for the young filly with the grand final aim being the lucrative $1 million Group 1 VRC Crown Oaks (2500m) on November 7.

“If we’ve still got a decent horse on our hands then we can keep her at the farm for a freshen-up and have a go at the spring,” Feek said.

Leading into a Crown Oaks start Lady Lakshmi has also been earmarked for the $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Thousand Guineas over the Caulfield mile on October 16, her performance in which will help determine whether she will be right for a step up to the mile and a half.

“We’ll live the dream. You’ve got to,” Feek added.

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