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Shane Nichols’ class young filly I Am A Star will be out to live up to her name and the hype on her after a strong two-year-old season when she returns to racing in Saturday week’s Quezette Stakes 2016.
Prepared at Mornington in Victoria, the daughter of I Am Invincible was last seen posting her second win at just her third career start in Adelaide’s Group 3 National Stakes (1200m) back in May by a runaway three lengths.
That followed her maiden win down the Flemington straight over 1100m earlier in the same month and has Nichols hopeful she shows up again as a three-year-old this time in.
He plans to run I Am A Star first-up at Caulfield Racecourse on August 13 taking on a field of her own kind in the $150,000 Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m), her performance in which will help determine how far he stretches her over the spring.
“The difficult part is that she’s won an $80,000 and $120,000 race so she gets the full penalties,” Nichols told AAP.
“So she’s going to get 59.5kg, I think, in the three-year-old fillies’ races.
“She’s always shown plenty. .
“I always thought she was Saturday class. I didn’t know she would win a stakes race by three lengths, but it probably wasn’t a massively strong stakes race.
“She’s just a very compliant racehorse.”
Ideally Nichols would love to see I Am A Star, who trials on Wednesday, step up in distance this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival for a run in the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) over the mile at Caulfield on October 8.
If she shows up first-up in the Quezette Stakes, he’ll go down the traditional 2016 Thousand Guineas path via a run on September 24 in the $200,000 Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m).
Should I Am A Star show she is better suited to the shorter runs, Nichols said they would change plans and keep her to the sprint races for three-year-old fillies over the season.
“In a perfect world she’ll be third-up into the Guineas Prelude and that will determine our path,” Nichols said.
“If she runs a strong 1400 metres then we’ll go to the Thousand Guineas. If she’s suited to be sharper she’ll freshen up for the fillies sprint races.”
Nichols has had just one previous Thousand Guineas starter to date and nominations for this year’s edition of the mile classic close this Tuesday, August 2.
David Vandyke’s Golden Slipper runner-up and ATC Sires’ Produce winner Yankee Rose is dominant early favourite in all-in Thousand Guineas betting.
I Am A Star can be found a little further down the futures Thousand Guineas odds at around $26 for the upset on Caulfield Guineas Day.
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