Three-year-old Sistonic will make just her second start on Friday but the filly is already making plenty of waves, and not just because she is the three-quarter sister of Black Caviar.
The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained filly debuted at Sale on January 15, winning her 1100m maiden by four and a half lengths. She was quick away and immediately took the lead in the 11-horse sprint race. The filly then ran along particularly well in front, turned for home with a clear break and went on to score effortlessly.
Sistonic featured among the early nominations for both the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) and Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) that closed yesterday. Her trainers may get a better understanding of her preferred distance on Friday after the filly lines up in the Reg Delaney Memorial Handicap (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
The filly was one of twelve three-year-olds that accepted for the race on Wednesday. She was allocated a hefty top weight of 60kg but will carry less on the night after apprentice jockey Jye McNeil makes his 2kg claim. The pair will jump well from barrier three.
“When we found out she was going to be given 60kg we opted to go for Jye,” Dabernig told Racing Victoria.
“She’s quite tractable and from what we’ve seen at home I think she could pretty much settle anywhere. Based on her first up run she has a lovely cruising speed and my experience at Moonee Valley over sprint distances you don’t want to be too far away, especially with the rail out two metres.
“We’ve seen horses like her before bolt home in a maiden and then they come to town and get a bit of a reality check so we’re keeping the expectations relatively low but if she goes as well as we think she will she should be very competitive.”
Dabernig admitted to having a big opinion of the three-quarter sister of Black Caviar and is interested to see how she performs on Friday night. With his Stakes racing ambitions on the line, the trainer is keen for a solid run.
“We clearly think that she’s city class and we have aspirations to have her racing at Listed grade at some point down the track but at this stage we’ll just take things one step at a time,” Dabernig said.
“(Her debut) was a very soft win and while it’s a big step from a maiden into city grade I think she’s the sort of horse that can take that step.
“In regards to fitness she looks to have made good improvement since her first up win and she couldn’t be in any better shape heading into Friday night.”
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