The countdown to the Sydney Spring Racing...
Last Saturday Reset filly Pinker Pinker claimed a gritty win in the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) at Flemington beating home a fast finishing Platinum Passion in the final strides.
The victory gave Pinker Pinker back-to-back wins in Melbourne after she previously saluted in the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m).
Eurell has now confirmed plans to head to Sydney for the 2011 Storm Queen Stakes with Pinker Pinker, the fillies-only showdown set to run at Rosehill on Saturday April 2.
Pinker Pinker is yet to race in Sydney with Cranbourne-based trainer Eurell likely to start her in one other event prior to Golden Slipper Day to give her a feel before chasing Group 1 spoils in the Storm Queen.
The Storm Queen Stakes is one of five elite level features at the premier autumn carnival meeting along with the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) for two-year-olds, the weight-for-age Group 1 The BMW (2400m), the fillies and mares Group 1 Queen of the Turf Stakes (1500m) and the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m).
Pinker Pinker has now won four of her nine career starts to date with the Storm Queen Stakes her second Group 1 assignment.
Last spring Pinker Pinker looked a little green in her maiden Group 1 run in the Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 13 where she finished five lengths away seventh to winner Yosei.
Another young filly possibly heading towards a start in this year’s Storm Queen Stakes field is the Peter Moody-trained Do Ra Mi.
The daughter of Savabeel ran a game second to Southern Speed in the Group 3 The Mittys Vanity (1400m) at Flemington on February 19 before storming home to win the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) last Saturday.
In the Kewney Stakes Do Ra Mi overcame her wide barrier 12 draw to easily defeat Crown Oaks winner Brazilian Pulse by 2 ½ lengths earning her a potential shot at the Storm Queen Stakes.
The Kewney Stakes has in recent years proved a good guide for punters betting on the Storm Queen, with Bart Cummings’ now retired mare Faint Perfume having taken out the Kewney Stakes / Storm Queen Stakes double last year, the Storm Queen then known as the Vinery Stud Stakes.
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