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Cranbourne’s Robbie Griffiths has his progressive young filly Ariaz on track for a black-type win in Adelaide on Saturday afternoon with the grey to chase the 2016 Breeders’ Stakes win for the punters over more prize money in Caulfield.
Griffiths accepted the two-year-old daughter of Charge Forward for the lucrative $150,000 Vale Phil Sly VOBIS Gold Ingot (1200m) at home at Caulfield on Saturday as well as Morphettville’s $120,000 Group 3 Camponlina Stud Breeders’ Stakes (1200m).
He has opted for the stakes’ race over the more valuable Melbourne event with Ariaz however, hoping to get her ratings up with a win in South Australia at the filly’s just second career start.
“The Melbourne race is worth good money but her owners are breeders so they want the black type in Adelaide,” Griffiths told Racenet.
On debut Ariaz displayed great potential winning the $35,000 Toronado @ Swettenham Plate (1000m) at Sandown-Hillside on March 28 by a tidy two lengths after overcoming barrier 11 of 12, a run that even Griffiths admits to being surprised by.
“It’s hard to say because she, having had only one start, did everything right at home but it was good to see her do it on race day,” he said.
“She actually did it better on race day than she did at home.”
She runs second-up then in the Breeders’ Stakes with Ryan Maloney retaining the ride on the odds-on favourite who is at a short $1.90 and firming through Ladbrokes.com.au to take out the Group 3 feature.
Ariaz is drawn a treat coming into barrier three after the early scratching of the rails-drawn Pretty Punk and commands respect despite the notable rise in grade here.
Her biggest dangers according to the bookies are the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Street Boss filly Tris ($4.50) coming off a big 4.75 length win in Victoria and Phillip Stokes’ local hope Smart Manoeuvre ($5.25) who is out to atone for a fourth at the track last time out where the slow pace didn’t suit the daughter of Smart Missile.
Griffiths however remains convinced his filly is the one to beat with plenty of upside for the Breeders’ Stakes and whatever else lays ahead in the future for the up-and-comer.
“Based on the strength of her win, she could go quite a fair way,” Griffiths said.
“We’re still learning so we’re literally reassessing her every run.
“I think she’s got a lot of upside.”
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