Gai Waterhouse’s top filly Overreach blitzed her rivals with an easy Sydney trial win this morning ahead of a big autumn return targeting the Group 1 sprints in Melbourne.
The rising four-year-old daughter of Exceed And Excel hasn’t raced since her third to the Peter Snowden-trained Guelph in the Group 1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) in April last year.
She showed she was on track for a highly anticipated resuming campaign however when putting three lengths on the James & Bart Cummings-trained Brook Road in a 728m fillies trial at Royal Randwick today.
Lightly raced having had just five starts Overreach has won three of those including her most famous performance, the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) during last year’s Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
While she missed the spring having been well tested during her juvenile season, everything is looking good ahead of her belated three-year-old comeback bid which will see her head south targeting the $1 million Group 1 Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on March 8.
Before that Melbourne Festival of Racing major the options are open for Overreach according to Tulloch Lodge’s stable manager Mark Newnham who believes she can be very competitive in Victoria this prep.
“She looks back to her best – I think she is the quickest horse I’ve seen out of the barriers,” Newnham told the Racing Network.
“She ran a second faster than the others and Tommy (Berry) thought he still had a lap full of horse.
“It’s probably not possible to go a lot faster, but she looked to do it well within herself.”
Newnham named two possible Newmarket lead-ups for the $2.34 million earner with connections considering both the $500,000 Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flemington on February 15 and the $400,000 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield a week later.
Before her first-up run she’ll likely have another trial, this time in Melbourne to get her used to the opposite way of racing.
If she goes to the Lightning Stakes Overreach will be looking to become just the third Golden Slipper winner to take out he Flemington feature the following year joining Sky High (1961) and Storm Queen (1967).
Meanwhile there’s been just the one Slipper champ to back up with an Oakleigh Plate victory, Tontonan achieving the rare feat back in 1974.
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