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Thunder Lady is the sole filly among 16 colts and geldings nominated for the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill this Saturday.
If the three-year-old can impress trainer John Sargent in a workout gallop on Tuesday morning, she’ll go on to tackle the talented boys in the $200,000 race.
Four Group One winners feature in the entries – Hallowed Crown, Hampton Court, Preferment, and Shooting To Win – which sets the 2015 Hobartville Stakes up to be hotly contested race.
“I won’t decide until after she works on Tuesday morning whether she runs in the Hobartville or waits another week for the Surround,” Sargent told Sky Racing.
“I’m happy so far and if I think she is ready she will go to the Hobartville which is going to be a top race.
“She is a big, loping filly and obviously we won’t see the best of her until she gets to the longer distances but she has to start somewhere.”
Thunder Lady missed out on winning her maiden three times during the spring however excelled when she got her first Group level racing test in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m). The filly was near the rear one off the fence in a trailing position. She only got through late and then once clear outstayed her rivals in a lovely winning run.
The filly then backed up in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) just five days later, finishing runner-up to Set Square. She was equal last by halfway on the outside but was the first horse to get going at the 1000 metres. She found herself widest on the bend and looked the winner at the 300m mark but was just beaten by a softer run.
Thunder Lady is clearly suited to longer distances, so it’s uncertain how she’ll do in the 2015 Hobartville Stakes if she ends up lining up in the 1400 metre race on Saturday.
Following her first start, the filly will head to the Group 3 Keith Nolan Classic (1600m) at Kembla Grange on March 22 before tackling the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) just six days later and the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) on April 11 at Randwick.
Her stable mate Kirramosa is also set to resume this Saturday at Rosehill, taking on nine potential fillies and mares in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m).
“She is fit and she trialled very well and I’m looking forward to her getting to the big races,” Sargent said.
“She is entered for the Queen Elizabeth but it’s more likely she will go to the longer races like the BMW and the Sydney Cup.”
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