2016 Thousand Guineas the Target for Modern Wonder

Modern Wonder won the Listed Dequettville Stakes (1050m) on debut over the weekend and likely be set on a 2016 Thousand Guineas campaign upon resuming in spring.

Modern Wonder comfortably won the Listed Dequettville Stakes on debut at Morphettville over the weekend. Photo: Jenny Barnes

Modern Wonder comfortably won the Listed Dequettville Stakes on debut at Morphettville over the weekend. Photo: Jenny Barnes

Jumping from the gates well at Morphettville on Saturday, jockey Stephen Baster allowed the filly to stride forward and take a handy position within the talented field of eleven two-year-old fillies.

Rounding onto the final straight with a clear racing line, the daughter of Snitzel immediately responded when asked for an extra effort; charging clear to hit the line more than two lengths ahead of closest rival Motown Lil.

Co-trainer Troy Corstens told Racing Ahead the Dequettville Stakes figure as the ideal racing Launchpad for Modern Wonder, and the team were thrilled to see the filly perform to a high standard.

“She’s a beautiful filly,” Corstens said.

“She’s always been a nice filly and in her first preparation she showed a bit, but not as much as she’s shown this preparation, she’s continued to improve.

“We were always only going to give her the one run and there was a bit of a lack of suitable races.

“We knew she only wanted the 1000m and then when that popped up, we thought we might as well have a crack at that.”

Corstens conceded he does not know if Modern Wonder will progress into a serious mile horse in spring, but confirmed she will be set on a path towards the 2016 Thousand Guineas when she returns to competition.

“She is out of a predominantly sprinting family, and I think with that sort of filly you aim them all to get to the Thousand Guineas,” Corstens said.

“We’ll probably give her a couple of runs and see if she is going to get to the mile or if she should be get to the sprinting trips.

“I wouldn’t put my life on it, but she does settle beautifully in her races so it will be interesting to see how she comes back.”

Yankee Rose remains clear $4.40 favourite in early 2016 Thousand Guineas betting markets.

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