After a blistering Cranbourne trial win on Monday, the Ciaron Maher-trained Petits Filous is on track for her Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival return possibly targeting the William Reid Stakes 2016.
The three-year-old Street Boss filly boasts an outstanding record of four wins from five starts to date, her only loss being a failed 10th to superstar Queenslander Buffering in Moonee Valley’s Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) during the spring.
The Group 3 winner was far from disgraced despite the near-last finish having been beaten home under four lengths on the notoriously tight Moonee Valley circuit.
On Monday she contested an 800m heat at Cranbourne and posted a half-length win with Damien Oliver in the saddle, untouched on the line to beat home Falcent and Rubyone.
“I thought she was great – she’s come back well,” her Caulfield-based trainer Maher told Racing Victoria.
“She’s really furnished … her action looks quite fluent and smooth, Damien (Oliver) gave her a good report so all the signs are good at this stage.
“She just took a little bit of time to come to hand and I think she’s still a little pretty – she probably needs another hit-out so she might trial next week again at Caulfield.”
Maher is now eyeing carnival targets for the filly and named the $500,000 Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) back at the Valley on March 24 as a possible elite level option.
“There’s a few options for her yet, I haven’t really screwed down where I’m heading with her,” he said.
“The William Reid might be an option, she’s won a couple of races around the Valley or maybe even up in Sydney, there’s a couple of three-year-old races there.
“The (Robert Sangster Stakes) is definitely an option a bit later as well.
“On the back of this we’ll be able to sit down and map out a plan – I just want to see how she pulls up and comes through it.”
The $400,000 Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) for the fillies and mares runs at Adelaide’s Morphettville Racecourse on May 7, and Maher is yet to saddle-up a starter in the South Australian classic.
Last year’s William Reid Stakes winner Lucky Hussler won the race first-up not having run since his second in the Spring’s Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1200m) so Petits Filous could go into the race without a lead-up run.
The last mare to win the William Reid Stakes was Black Caviar (2013) who also won the 2011 edition of the sprint feature.
Black Caviar also won the 2012 Robert Sangster Stakes, the year after the last three-year-old filly to beat home the older mares in the race Rostova (2010) saluted.
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