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Perth trainer Simon Miller is confident his in-form filly Whispering Brook can salute interstate for the first time on Saturday off an ideal three week break between runs into the 2016 Thousand Guineas Prelude at Caulfield Racecourse.
The star WA-trained daughter of Hincinbrook was undefeated winning her opening five career starts as a two-year-old before suffering her first loss last time out at Moonee Valley.
Her past four starts leading up the to her Melbourne run on September 3 were all in Black-Type company.
They included victories in the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes (1100m), Group 2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) and Group 3 W.A. Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) all at her home Ascot track.
After a freshen-up after the Sires’ win from mid-April she headed east and lined-up from a wide barrier 12 of 13 draw at the tight Valley circuit in the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m).
She was far from disgraced crossing a mere short half-head away second behind Merriest in a run that she has since come on nicely from.
Miller spoke to Racing Victoria this week ahead of Whispering Brook’s run in the $200,000 Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) on Saturday and was confident the distance second-up would suit his filly to a tee.
“I’m pleasantly surprised at how much she’s picked up coat-wise, and she’s strengthened up, which I needed her to,” he said.
“She’s gone in the right direction. Coming off a hard run, I’m pleased she’s had three weeks between runs.
“I gave her a week to get over it, and she has. Her work Tuesday was really good.
“I think she’s totally changed from when she was a two-year-old.
“Even her physique, she’s strengthened out. It just suggests she wants a trip.
“She got the 1400m pretty easy in Perth in the [W.A.] Sires’.
“I think now we’re probably looking for a mile and longer, too, so the 1400m should be perfect.”
There are 13 remaining runners in the Thousand Guineas Prelude field on Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day this weekend after the early scratching of the Leon & Troy Corstens-trained Sweet Sherry.
The 2016 Thousand Guineas is firmly still on the agenda for Whispering Brook however and the bookies have her installed as a $10 chance in futures betting led by the Chris Waller-trained Omei Sword ($6.50).
Markets for Saturday’s Thousand Guineas Prelude are led by Miller’s visitor who is at $3.50 and firming fast despite drawing another wide alley (12) with Nicholas Hall coming aboard.
The other major players in the Group 2 this weekend include the flying Henry Dwyer-trained local daughter of Darci Brahma Leoti ($4.40) chasing her third win in four starts and the Phillip Stokes-trained Samara Dancer coming off a third to Saracino in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on September 10.
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