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Co-trainer Simon Zahra said the stable was dealing with a more mature Sword Of Light ahead of her 2016 Quezette Stakes bid in Melbourne this weekend.
The three-year-old daughter of New Approach is second-up on Saturday and steps back up in class for the $150,000 Group 3 Winslow Group Quezette Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield Racecourse.
With Joe Pride’s entry Kentucky Miss (3) an early scratching to race in Sydney against Capitalist in the small San Domenico Stakes field instead, 15 three-year-old fillies are left to line-up in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes Day feature.
Sword Of Light came up trumps with the inside alley drawing barrier one for the weekend, Damian Lane retaining the ride on the Zahra and Mathew Ellerton-trained improver.
She has had a total of five runs to date for two wins and a second, the placing coming first-up on July 30 behind Derryn with 58kg on her back over 1000m at Caulfield.
Back against her own kind on the weekend and dropping to 57.5kg at set weights plus penalties, Zahra knows their filly is ticking plenty of boxes for a big Quezette Stakes run.
During the autumn as a two-year-old Sword Of Light displayed lots of early potential including her victory in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Fillies Preview (1000m) at the Caulfield track on Australia Day that followed her five length win on debut at Echuca last December.
Things went amiss for her in the Prelude next start when she ran 10th to Samara Dancer and then was unplaced again at Flemington when eighth in the Listed Festival Stakes (1000m).
Zahra said she had matured nicely since, shown in her good run last start, and that a better barrier this weekend made her $8.50 price in Quezette Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au juicy.
“First-up she was three-wide and fought on super,” Zahra told Racenet.
“She gave them all weight as a filly against the males. She did a great job.”
“She’s a different horse because she’s a lot more mature and she does everything a lot better at home.”
The Quezette Stakes odds are currently led by Leon & Troy Corstens’ lightly-raced Snitzel filly Modern Wonder ($5.50) and the returning Group 3 winner I Am A Star ($6) who is charged with overcoming the outside alley.
Sword Of Light is also nominated for a possible return to Caulfield on October 8 for the $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m).
She is only rated a $67 outsider in all-in Thousand Guineas betting however, markets led by David Vandyke’s yet-to-return ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Yankee Rose ($6).
Sword Of Light is yet to win over further than 1000m, but Zahra believes her breeding will see her run out a strong trip over at least 1400m.
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