2016 Robert Sangster Stakes Aim for Almighty Girl

Lightly-raced but impressive Mornington-trained filly Almighty Girl could be Adelaide-bound this season for a shot at the Robert Sangster Stakes 2016 if she shows up again at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne this weekend.

The Quarterback

Newmarket Handicap winner The Quarterback (pictured) is the headline VOBIS Gold Sprint entry for Caulfield this Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Prepared by Mitchell Beer & Max Hinton, who have been a training partnership since December last year, the three-year-old daughter of Beneteau has won two of her three starts to date.

Her latest win was also her stakes debut when at Moonee Valley on February 26 she overcame the outside barrier (11) to defeat Secret Agenda in the Group 3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m), which was also Beer’s first black-type win as a trainer.

She returns to racing this Saturday at Caulfield in the lucrative $250,00 VOBIS Gold Sprint (1200m), her performance in which will help determine whether she presses onto the Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival.

The headline VOBIS Gold Sprint nomination this season, which attracted a bumper 29 early entries, is Robbie Griffiths’ Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) winner The Quarterback.

The weekend return is sooner than originally planned for Almighty Girl, but her co-trainer Beer said she was going so well in work the filly was ready to come back to the track.

“She’s probably going a little bit too well, if anything,” he told AAP this week.

Beer named the $400,000 Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) for fillies and mares at Morphettville Racecourse on May 7 as the likely target for Almighty Girl should she travel interstate this campaign.

“Our first thoughts after winning the Typhoon Tracy were that we’d give her a couple of weeks off and then bring her up slowly towards the Robert Sangster Stakes,” he explained.

“But she’s just going too well and she’ll need to have a run before then.

“We’ll look to run her at Caulfield in the VOBIS Gold Sprint on Saturday.

“There’s a couple of other options in Adelaide, but at this stage that looks the likely target.”

The last three-year-old filly to beat home the older mares in the Robert Sangster Stakes was Rostova in 2010, the race’s most iconic winner being Black Caviar from 2012.

Almighty Girl galloped on Tuesday morning at her home Mornington track with star hoop Glen Boss, who rode her for a second to Heatherly down the Flemington straight on January 30 and for her Group 3 Valley win the next month, in the saddle.

“She’s just been an amazing horse to help kick off my training career,” Beer added.

“I think she’ll take us a long way in the next couple of years.”

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