After kicking up her spring preparations another level with a quiet Sydney trial on Friday morning, connections of Paul & Peter Snowden’s Group 1 performed mare Gypsy Diamond are looking at a Myer Classic 2014 target this spring.
A top fancy at Ladbrokes.com.au for her latest start back in April, the now four-year-old daughter of Not A Single Doubt caught the eye when a close second to Diamond Drille in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m).
It was a brave effort from the then three-year-old who came off a two length win in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) as she missed the kick and made up many lengths to challenge and eventually go down just a long neck.
The Queen Of The Turf Stakes quinella both trialled at Royal Randwick this morning but had different results.
Gai Waterhouse’s Al Maher mare Diamond Drille won the morning’s opening heat over 1250m in a great run while Gypsy Diamond was given a quiet hit-out crossing seventh in an 840m heat won by the John O’Shea-trained Golden Rose hope Sarajevo.
Co-trainer Paul Snowden, who now trains in partnership with his great father Peter, was pleased with Gypsy Diamond’s jump-out and hopes she can come on well ahead of her spring return.
“She’s a really lovely filly,” Snowden told RSN’s Racing & Sports this morning post-trial.
“She went on to win some really nice races during the Randwick Carnival last preparation and has come back in really good order.
“She only had a soft trial this morning but we are all really excited.”
He said she would have a couple of Sydney runs at home before heading to Victoria for a Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival raid.
It’s a similar plan to the one they followed with her last year when Gypsy Diamond ran first-up at Warwick Farm and second-up at Rosehill before her Melbourne debut in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) in October.
Not even having been tested at Group level before the Thousand Guineas, she could only manage to finish a distant sixth behind the winner Guelph.
She improved off the run however winning the Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m) just nine days later.
Her campaign ended in November during the Melbourne Cup Carnival when fourth behind Kirramosa, who she also ran fifth to the run before in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington, in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m).
This time in Snowden said they were looking at easing her into the interstate action and weren’t likely to give her a Group 1 assignment straight away in Melbourne.
If all goes to plan and she progresses well throughout her new season campaign however Snowden would love to take her to Flemington on Cup week again.
This time they’re looking at a possible run in the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) on Victoria Derby Day, November 1, but knows she has to earn that start.
“We could target the Myer or something like that but a lot of water has to flow under the bridge before that,” he said.
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