After a last start win at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse the Steven O’Dea-trained filly The Last Kiss returns to the track for Saturday’s Calaway Gal Stakes that could lead into a Magic Millions 2YO Classic 2016 run at the Gold Coast next month.
The Eagle Farm-based O’Dea has the lucrative $2 million Magic Million 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast Racecourse on January 9 as the main summer aim for his progressive daughter of Sebring.
The promising grey debuted at Doomben on November 21 in a two-years-old handicap over 1110m and enjoyed a quarter-length victory over Our Cinderella as the odds-on favourite with Paul Hammersley in the saddle.
It was an eye-catching effort after she was late to jump, suffering an awkward run throughout before finding her strides on the straight to win running away.
She races again this Saturday at the same course going up in grade for her first stakes assignment in the $100,000 Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1050m) against her own kind, O’Dea confident of an improved run second-up after the filly’s good work this week.
“She galloped with an older stablemate this morning and it was nice strong work so I’m really happy with how she’s ticking over,” he told Racenet on Tuesday.
“She’s obviously coming back 60 metres in trip from her first-up win so she’s just needed to hold her fitness.”
The set weights sprint for fillies attracted 17 nominations, 10 of which have previous race experience, with Hammersley to retain the ride on The Last Kiss.
The likely favourite if accepted into the capacity 14 starter field is from Brisbane’s best stable, Tony Gollan entering his daughter of Myboycharlie Zelady’s Night Out.
Like The Last Kiss, Zelady’s Night Out also won on debut at Doomben with an impressive four and a half-length victory over 1050m on November 14.
She now occupies the second line of all-in Magic Millions 2YO Classic betting at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $7 behind the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Breeders Plate winner Capitalist ($3.50) who scored a smart Rosehill trail win on Tuesday morning.
The Last Kiss is also high up the futures Magic Millions 2YO Classic odds installed as the $10 fourth fancy, a price that will be slashed if she can win again in the Calaway Gal Stakes this weekend.
Other notable entries for the fillies’ feature in Brisbane on Saturday include the John Zielke-trained daughter of Snitzel Spot The Diff from the Sunshine Coast, runner-up to The Last Kiss last time out Our Cinderella and Richie Stephenson’s last start Toowoomba winner Hot Lipstick.
O’Dea is yet to decide whether or not to give The Last Kiss another Magic Millions lead-up after the Calaway Gal Stakes but is looking forward to seeing just how much progression she has made off her winning debut.
“I’ll probably make that decision after she runs and see how she comes through it,” he said.
“She could go to a 1200 metre race at the Gold Coast or go a month straight into the Magic Millions.
“We’ll let her tell us what she needs but she’s not an overly big, robust filly so she probably doesn’t need to run fitness wise.”
O’Dea also has Candika heading towards the Magic Millions feature next month, the Sebring filly a $41 chance for the restricted classic.
She saluted at Doomben over 1050m first-up on October 31 and is set to race again Saturday week in a QTIS 2YO Handicap (1100m) at the same track.
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