A smart win on debut at Echuca on Monday has the Mark Riley-trained filly Inner City Girl in line for a possible Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival campaign targeting the 2015 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield in October.
The three-year-old daughter of Magnus kicked off her career in the first on the Echuca card in Victoria on Monday where she jumped at $4.40 in the $20,000 Book Now – Melbourne Cup Day @ Echuca Plate (1000m).
Ridden by Stephen Baster, who also had the mount for her trial win in the mud on August 10, Inner City Girl impressed her Mornington-based trainer with a smart half-length victory over Nina Rules ($4.40) thanks to a powerful late burst, with the Brian McGrath-trained roughie Try Pink ($71) in third.
Today may have been just her first run, but Riley is hoping for big things from the progressive youngster who he nominated for the $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) over the mile on Caulfield Guineas Day, October 10.
Pre-field Thousand Guineas betting at Ladbrokes.com.au has Peter Moody’s Group 1 Champagne Stakes winner Pasadena Girl ($6) and Colin Little’s Group 3 Quezette Stakes runner-up behind the undefeated Petits Filous last Saturday Jalan Jalan ($8) as the two top fancies.
Inner City Girl is also nominated for the mile classic, but is much further down the futures Thousand Guineas odds listed as a $101 roughie shot.
Despite her long odds, Riley hopes his filly can develop into a competitive hope for the Thousand Guineas as she’s stepped up in distance over her coming starts.
“We’ve got bigger plans in store for her than this race today,” he told the media post-win on at Monday’s meeting.
“I think the form out of the race will be pretty strong and I think she’s a very good filly.”
Baster also has a high opinion of the Group 1 nominated filly and like Riley believed the form coming out of the set weights race for maiden three-year-old fillies was likely to hold up this spring.
“She began pretty well but couldn’t muster any early speed but to her credit she travelled nicely and bullocked her way through and all I needed was a bit of luck and she hit the line hard,” Baster said.
“I don’t think there were too many in this race that didn’t think they could win, quite a few of them looked impressive in their trials so it will probably turn out a strong form race.”
Another possible Guineas hope coming out of the Echuca races this week was the Danny O’Brien-trained winner of the second race, Savatone.
The Savabeel colt also won on debut in the $20,000 Become a Echuca Racing club Member Today Plate (1100m) in open-age company, putting a length on The Flying Doormat ($21) with race favourite Labuan Star ($2) crossing third.
O’Brien has his up-and-comer nominated for the $1 million Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) over the mile on October 10, Savatone a $101 roughie in the markets for his elite level spring target.
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