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It is already shaping up as a star-studded edition of the Myer Classic 2015 in late October this spring with a host of smart fillies and mares heading towards the Flemington classic including the Jason Coyle-trained Slightly Sweet.
The $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) runs on Victoria Derby Day on October 31 as one of four elite levels on the first day of the famous Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Connections of many headliners are already mapping out new season plans to target the weight-for-age feature including the Chris Waller-trained Queensland Oaks winner Winx, Gai Waterhouse’s upset 20/1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes champ Amanpour, her dual Group 1 winning stablemate Cosmic Endeavour and the John Thompson-trained Flight Stakes winner First Seal who will be kept to 1600m this campaign.
Slightly Sweet is the latest female galloper to have the Myer Classic named as her big spring mission, the rising four-year-old daughter of Charge Forward having won half of her eight starts so far.
Unlike many of her possible Myer Classic rivals, Slightly Sweet heads into her spring campaign without a previous Group 1 win but she has been competitive against some nice types.
After two Group 2 thirds behind Adrift and First Seal in the Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) and Surround Stakes (1400m) respectively, the filly broke her own Group duck with a win over Wine Tales in mid-March at Kembla Grange taking out the Group 3 Keith Nolan Classic (1600m).
While she was strong over the mile, the step up to 2000m and Group 1 company next time out at Rosehill proved too much and she finished two and three-quarter lengths away seventh behind Fenway in the Vinery Stud Stakes as a 30/1 shot.
Her latest run was then on April 18 at Randwick and she was better over 600m shorter in Group 3 class again when beating home Anyaas to win the JHB Carr Stakes in her final run of the autumn.
Coyle is looking forward to her spring return, the Warwick Farm-based trainer welcoming Slightly Sweet back to the stable this week.
“Slightly Sweet is the headline act, at this stage we’ll program one or two runs in Sydney and obviously try and get her down for that mile mares’ Group I race,” Coyle told the media this week.
“It’s the perfect race for her, and there’s also the Golden Pendant for her up here which is an option.
“But we’ll discuss whether we go straight to Melbourne and head towards the Myer or have a run or two up here and then head down.”
The $300,000 Group 3 Golden Pendant (1400m) is a lucrative race run at Rosehill Gardens on September 26 during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
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