Secret Agenda is working well ahead of her Blue Diamond Stakes 2015 assignment next month impressing onlookers with a solid hit-out at Sandown’s Sportingbet Park on Wednesday morning.
The Mick Price-trained Not A Single Doubt filly was one of a host of promising juveniles put through their paces in the early morning hit-outs, Josh Rodder from the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) particularly taken with her run.
“They jumped out from the 800m and Secret Agenda showed good natural sped as she did in her maiden run,” Rodder told Sky Sports Radio this morning.
“She wasn’t tested in the run to the line and only just got there.
“She looked to pull up really well after the jumpout though and is right in contention going ahead into the Sportingbet powered by William Hill Blue Diamond Stakes.”
On debut Secret Agenda caught the eye at Moonee Valley back on December 12 with a big three and a half-length victory over Haybah.
Ridden by Damien Oliver, who was also aboard for her jump-out this morning, she began well from a nice barrier three of five draw and drove through to take the early lead.
From there she held the front-running position setting a tidy pace before dashing clear near the turn for home before scoring an effortless victory to kick off her career.
The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained More Than Ready filly Haybah went on to trump that form winning by three lengths at Ballarat two starts later.
On Australia Day she then finished a quarter-length away second behind the undefeated Fontiton in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Fillies Preview (1000m) at Sandown, the winner completing the event 0.21 seconds faster than the colts and geldings’ edition won by the Robbie Griffiths-trained Burnstone.
Robert Smerdon’s Turffontein filly Fontition is considered the benchmark two-year-old of the season and is the early favourite through Ladbrokes.com.au to win the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield Racecourse on February 28.
She pays $4.60 in the latest all-in Blue Diamond Stakes odds and is followed closely in the markets by Secret Agenda whose trainer Price won the 2012 Blue Diamond with Samaready.
The two are set to clash before the Group 1 Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival classic when both fillies have their final lead-up in the $200,000 Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) (1100m) on February 14 when Group racing returns to Caulfield.
“It looks a cracking year for the fillies,” Rodder said.
“The Prelude will be extremely interesting.”
In the BD Fillies Prelude Fontiton will meet her rivals at level weights after carrying a 2.5kg penalty in the Preview for her six-length Inglis Banner win on debut.
Then in the big one she will have two kilos less than her male rivals.
That weight advantage for the fillies has proven a winning one in recent years with three saluting in as many years with Samaready, Miracles Of Life and Earthquake last autumn.
2015 Blue Diamond Stakes third declarations were taken on Tuesday with 84 two-year-olds still in contention including 43 fillies.
Further late entries close at 12 noon on Monday February 28 followed by final declarations revealing this autumn’s Blue Diamond Stakes field on Tuesday February 24.
To follow the autumn progress of Secret Agenda stay tuned to Races.com.au.
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