Sydney horseman Lee Curtis has scheduled the Light Fingers Stakes 2015 Saturday week at Randwick Racecourse as the first-up run for his triple Group 1 performer Press Report.
The three-year-old Written Tycoon filly hasn’t raced since boxing on well to finish fourth behind Hampton Court in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on October 11 during the spring.
Her two runs leading into that distance test were also at elite level starting with a seventh to Hallowed Crown in decent effort that saw her try hard after behind blocked for a run in the Golden Rose over 1400m in mid-September.
The other Group 1 run was against her own kind over the mile in the Flight Stakes where she was put under pressure and did well to hang onto fourth behind First Seal.
Press Report then has won just one of her 10 career starts in a non-black type at Rosehill over 1300m last August.
That’s something Curtis is hoping to change this time in with the filly after some stakes success during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival starting with the $175,000 Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) on Apollo Stakes Day, February 14.
Leading up to her resuming run the up-and-comer trialled at Rosehill on Tuesday winning the sixth heat of the morning over 900m in a time of 54 seconds flat, an effort Curtis was happy with.
“I was happy enough with the trial,” Curtis told Sky Sports Radio’s Racing HQ on Thursday.
“She jumped quite well, travelled well and we didn’t do much on her.
“Very happy actually.
“Her work’s been a bit sharper than what she’s ever done.
“I’m thinking she’ll run in the Light Fingers next Saturday and then we’ll go from there.”
Based on what she showed during the spring and her breeding, Curtis needs convincing Press Report is a genuine staying hope despite her brave form behind some genuine longer-distance performing fillies in the Flight Stakes.
“I think she’s always been the one that looks like she’ll improve the most,” he said.
“She’s a big girl and a few have said ‘that filly will improve next prep.’
“That’s what we’ve felt about her the whole time.”
Curtis believes her pet distance will be between 1200m and 1400m, which is why she hasn’t been nominated for the $1 million Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) in Sydney this April.
“I think probably six or seven furlongs,” Curtis said when asked what he thought the filly’s preferred distance would be this season.
“We didn’t nominate her for the Oaks or anything like that.
“We thought we’d just keep her in Sydney.”
If she does show potential over further this season, Curtis said they would consider saving her for a Brisbane Autumn Racing Carnival raid possibly targeting the $500,000 Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Doomben Racecourse on May 30.
“She might head to Queensland for an Oaks there,” he said.
“But given her breeding, I wouldn’t think she’d run much beyond a mile (1600m).
“We’ll nominate in a few different things and see how she goes.
“(But) it’s all guns blazing (for the Light Fingers).”
Among Press Report’s likely Light Fingers Stakes rivals on Valentine’s Day are Eloping who could also run in Melbourne’s Group 1 CF Orr Stakes on the same day and the Chris Waller-trained Thousand Guineas winner Amicus who ran a neck away second to Press Report in Tuesday’s hit-out.
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