Three-year-old filly Tawteen has won two of her three starts on the Moonee Valley circuit and is set to resume on the track this Friday after accepting for the Jeep 55 Second Challenge Heat 10 (955m).
The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained filly will jump from barrier seven and carry 57.5kg in her bid for victory with Stephen Baster to ride for the seventh time.
An impressive win on Friday night could see the filly join stable mate Tashbeeh on a plane to Dubai for the World Cup Carnival in February, according to Dabernig. However the trainer noted that with so many potential races for Tawteen in Australia during the autumn, the trip would be a hard call to make.
“She’d have to win on Friday and she’s a good winning chance but the thing is there are such lovely races for her here through the autumn that we have to weigh up whether she’d be better placed staying or going,” Dabernig told Racing Victoria.
“Dubai is probably a little bit of a long shot with her but she’s going very well, she’s good at Moonee Valley and is a very fast filly so hopefully she can run well.”
Tawteen has placed in seven of her eight career starts and enjoyed a lengthy yet lucrative spring campaign. The filly finished in the first three in all six of her outings, which included minor placings in the Group 3 Champagne Stakes (1200m), Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m), and Group 3 Gucci Stakes (1100m).
The filly managed to win the Listed Crockett Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley by an impressive three and a half lengths. Early speed helped Tawteen find the front before she controlled the race at a nice tempo before giving a strong kick at the bend to draw away for her solid win.
This was Tawteen’s second win at Moonee Valley after also winning the Telstra Phonewords Plate (1200m) by three and a half lengths earlier in the season.
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