A capacity field of sixteen fillies will line up...
The Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes (1400m) is one of eight races running in support of the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington this Saturday.
15 fillies and mares were nominated for the race on Monday with the final field and barrier draw due to be released this morning (Wednesday).
Robbie Griffiths has already revealed he will accept with both of his nominated horses – Girl In Flight and Nadeem Lass. The stable mates will go head to head in the 2015 Frances Tressady Stakes but are in different parts of their preparations.
Girl In Flight is running first-up in the Frances Tressady; the four-year-old grey mare was last seen running second to Suavito in the Group 2 Momentum Energy Stakes (2000m) on November 8. She was three back on the fence before ranging up at the 300m mark at which point she looked like the winner. She was only grabbed in the final few strides, missing out by a short half-head.
Nigel Blackiston’s Suavito only resumed on Saturday, winning the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) in a smart first-up run. This win has helped Girl In Flight’s form hold up.
“The form around her reads really well,” Griffiths told Sky Racing.
“Suavito beat her a lip last time in and that’s good form.
“She’s going really well. She’s got room for improvement but I expect to see a forward run on Saturday as she’s always competitive first-up.”
Girl In Flight will run in the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on March 27 second-up, after which a decision on whether to contest the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) or head to Adelaide will be made.
Nadeem Lass has only won two of her 30 career starts but Griffiths rates the luckless mare very highly, believing she’ll even have the edge over her stable mate in Saturday’s race.
One thing the five-year-old does have on her side is fitness. Nadeem Lass has already had three starts this campaign, two of which were in Tasmania.
The mare ran midfield in the Group 3 Bow Mistress (1200m) at Hobart on February 6, after which Griffiths opted to keep her off the mainland and contest the Group 3 Vamos Stakes (1400m) twelve days later at Launceston. Nadeem Lass was midfield and wide with cover before moving up from the 600m mark. She challenged strongly with 200m to go and fought well for third place, just a quarter of a length behind winner Vibrant Rouge.
“The first run there was a half,” Griffiths said.
“She never got off the bit with Nick Hall and just couldn’t get a crack, so we decided to leave her down there.
“She goes there very fit which is a big plus and she might have the edge on Girl In Flight.”
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