Champagne Stakes winning filly Go Indy Go will kick off her latest campaign at home in Adelaide’s 2015 Spring Stakes with co-trainer Leon Macdonald keen to see her return to Melbourne later this prep.
The rising four-year-old daughter of Bernardini has won two of her nine starts to date, most notably saluting at elite level as a juvenile in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick in April last year as a 6/1 shot.
That followed a string of good runs to kick off her career with back-to-back seconds in black-type company at Morphettville followed by her Group 3 SA Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) victory where she broke her maiden status before the Champagne Stakes success.
After a spell Go Indy Go made her Melbourne debut in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington last September but failed to beat home any of her rivals running dead last, beaten 26 lengths by winner Rich Enuff.
She improved on that however when stepped up in distance, going around Caulfield at 25/1 odds to finish just half a length away third to Afleet Esprit in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude.
Her three subsequent runs produced two Group 1 sevenths in the Thousand Guineas and the Crown Oaks, with a third in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) between the two.
A return to Melbourne is on the cards for Go Indy Go later this season, but first she must prove she is better than her so-so spring form from 12 months ago with two runs in South Australia.
“She didn’t really come up as well as she should have in that Spring, last Spring, so we gave her an extended spell and she is all systems go towards the Spring this year hopefully,” Macdonald, who trains in partnership with Andrew Gluyas, told Racing HQ this week.
“She has grown up. She has got very tall, probably not carrying quite as much condition as she used to but pretty happy with her, she looks fine.”
The first of those takes place on August 8 in the $120,000 Group 3 Spring Stakes (1200m), the same day the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) takes place at Randwick in Sydney, and Macdonald is looking forward to the run after a smart piece of work from the filly on Tuesday morning.
From there Macdonald confirmed that she would run second-up in the $100,000 Listed Penny Edition Stakes (1400m) at Morphettville Parks.
“She had a gallop this morning, worked very well,” he said on Tuesday.
“We will gallop between races at Morphettville on Saturday and then into the Spring Stakes here and then probably a fortnight into the Penny Edition both weight for age races.
“We can’t be any happier with her so let’s see what she can do.”
Her campaign in Melbourne will be mapped out from there, but Macdonald said her pet distance range would likely be up to around 2000m.
“I suppose that is a little bit of doubt where that is,” he said of her interstate assignments during the carnival.
“She obviously won a Group 1 at 1600m.
“Her run in the AAMI (Moonee Valley) Vase at 2040m was very good when I don’t think she was going as well as she could, so that is probably her distance range.”
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