Sydney’s leading trainer Gai Waterhouse is confident her progressive filly Flamboyant Lass can give the favourites a run for their money in Saturday’s Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude 2015 at Caulfield Racecourse.
Waterhouse is yet to trainer a Blue Diamond Stakes winner but is hoping to break her hoodoo this Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival with Stratum filly Flamboyant Lass.
The promising two-year-old heads towards the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on February 28 via the traditional lead-up in Saturday’s $200,000 Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) (1100m).
The race features the first four in futures Blue Diamond Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au with the Robert Smerdon-trained BD Preview winner Fontiton and Mick Price’s sharp filly Secret Agenda the two to beat.
Also well fancied in the early Blue Diamond odds at $11 is Waterhouse’s best chance in the classic, Flamboyant Lass who is at single figures for the Prelude on the weekend paying $8.
She trails only Fontiton ($2.60) who is out wide in barrier nine and Secret Agenda ($3.10) drawn better in four, and is equal with Blue Diamond Stakes third fancy Heatherly ($8).
Flamboyant Lass debuted during the spring at Randwick when third, beaten under half a length, to Pierrette on October 11 in the TAB Betting Season Plate (1000m).
A winning December trial and she was back to it at the same track on January 10 with an impressive three and a quarter length win over Counterattack in the Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1000m).
Saturday she has to handle the other way of racing in her Melbourne debut, something the always confident Waterhouse believes she’s got the class to do despite her sticky barrier 10 of 14 draw for her and jockey Glen Boss to overcome.
“She’s a quality filly and she’s got the most lovely big stride,” Waterhouse told Racing Ahead on Friday morning.
“She picks up and picks up and finds the line and whatever she does tomorrow at the 1100 once she gets up to the 1200 you’ll really see the real filly.”
Waterhouse said Flamboyant Lass was typical of her breeding and was a big scopey type like many of her sire Stratum’s progeny are, her size to help her get to the line first this weekend from a likely on-speed position.
“This filly is quite a big filly,” she said.
“She’s a lovely scopey type of horse, a lovely scopey filly with a beautiful face, an intelligent face.
“She’ll take a stack of beating. She’ll run very, very well.”
Waterhouse’s only other Caulfield runner in Melbourne on Saturday is then Spurtonic running up against fellow Sydney raider Red Excitement, $2.30 favourite, in the $150,000 Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m).
She’s then got a killer contingent representing her back home in Sydney at Randwick including race favourite Driefontein in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) and two mares – Diamond Drille and Queenstown – taking on the boys in the $250,000 Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m).
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