Lightly-raced filly Slightly Sweet and her Warwick Farm-based trainer Jason Coyle are set to get an education of exactly where the horse is at when she resumes racing in Saturday’s Light Fingers Stakes 2015 at Royal Randwick.
Coyle told Sky Sports Radio on Thursday morning that the first-up run in the $175,000 Group 2 Liberty International Underwriters Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) would be an education for the team in regards to how the Charge Forward filly performs in better company.
“I’m really excited to see her back,” he told Racing HQ.
Saturday’s set weights clash for three-year-old fillies will be her first up against multiple Group 1 winners including Golden Slipper winner Mossfun, Peggy Jean who won the ATC Sires Produce Stakes last autumn, Flight Stakes winner First Seal and Chris Waller’s Thousand Guineas winner last time out Amicus.
“This is the first time she’s run into multiple Group 1 winners so it’ll be a nice education for us as well,” Coyle said.
“We’ll learn a lot once we step her out against quality opposition.”
It is a star-studded field with 11 fillies in total, Slightly Sweet one of the lesser known hopes in the mix.
She’s drawn wide in barrier 10 with Kathy O’Hara to ride and is first-up here off a late spring – early summer spell.
Slightly Sweet has had just the three starts to date but is already a dual winner, her most recent victory being at Randwick on October 11 in the Cellarbrations Benchmark 73 Handicap (1400m) with O’Hara in the saddle.
“It was a terrific win,” Coyle said.
“She drew the right marble, had the right run in transit and was strong on the line.”
Her only loss so far is also her only other black type start when sixth, beaten three and a half lengths, to Abduction in the Listed Reginald Allen Quality (1400m) back in September last year.
She trialled on January 27 with a fourth to Memorial in an 808m hit out that Mossfun ran second in at Warwick Farm, Coyle pleased with her run on the Heavy (10) track.
“She showed she had ability in her first preparation and trialled really nicely,” he said.
“It was a very heavy track that day at Warwick Farm and we were lucky to get her trial in (before they were abandoned).
“It was against the very handy horses there and gave me a nice guide.
“I haven’t had to do a lot with her since.
“Yeah, I was really happy with the trial.”
With the rails-drawn, First Seal leads the latest Light Fingers Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $2.90 – in from $3.10.
Slightly Sweet meanwhile is one of the roughie shots in the Light Fingers Stakes betting markets paying $31 for an upset.
While Coyle is confident in the ability of his filly, he knows the 1200m will be short of her best and is looking forward to getting her out over more distance this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
“I think she’ll be better over further,” he said.
“Expectations first-up are that she’ll benefit from the run.
“I also think she’ll benefit from getting out over a little further.
“I’d love to see her hit the line nice and strong.
“I’m not going to put a line through her though and say she can’t run in the first three.”
His plan is to try and stretch her right out to 2000m to open up her carnival options to include something like the $400,000 Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens on The BMW Day, March 28.
“Plans are to hopefully see if we can get her up to the 2000 metres,” Coyle confirmed.
“That opens up a few races for her over the carnival.”
She’s also been nominated for the $500,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington in Melbourne but is rated an $81 roughie to win through Ladbrokes.com.au in their futures odds for the March 7 showdown.
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