Press Report to Show Class in 2015 The Sebring

Three-year-old filly Press Report will enjoy the return to stakes racing on Saturday after a short deviation to a Benchmark 80 race last month.

Press Report will get a chance to show her class in The Sebring.

Press Report will get a chance to show her class in The Sebring. Photo by Steve Hart.

Press Report was one of 14 three-year-olds that accepted for the Listed The Sebring (1200m) on Wednesday but four horses have since defected to other races, including Mossfun to the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m), which is only set to benefit Press Report.

The Lee Curtis-trained filly was tested at distances between 1400-2000m during the spring, where she ran fourth in both the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), but the trainer is now adamant she is a bona fide sprinter.

“I really believe she is a sprinter. She ran well over the longer distances but my gut feeling is we can get the best from her over 1200 and 1400 metres,” Curtis told Sky Racing.

“She is a very good horse and I want to see her at her best.”

Following three months in the spelling paddock, Press Report finished last in the 11-horse Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) on February 14 but was only four lengths behind winner Adrift. The filly was then sent to a Benchmark 80 over 1200m at Warwick Farm on February 28, which she comfortably won by three-quarters of a length.

Press Report will jump from barrier seven with Jason Collett in the 2015 The Sebring, and is currently a $12 hopeful in the betting at

Curtis isn’t bothered by the odds, believing the race is the perfect time for Press Report to show off her class.

The trainer revealed that a good run in The Sebring could send the filly to the Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) or Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 4, while being aimed towards the Brisbane Winter Carnival in May-June.

“If she ran well then there’s the PJ Bell for fillies at Randwick or even the TJ Smith, although that might be too hard.

“I think her best chance for a Group One win could be in the Brisbane carnival.

“She is enjoying her work and is at least as well as she was before she raced at Warwick Farm.”

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