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A Flemington run on ‘Super Saturday’ in the Australian Cup 2020 is the next-up goal for Grahame Begg’s flying mare Miss Siska following her smart win in Saturday’s Group 2 $200,000 Peter Young Stakes (1800m).
The Peter Young Stakes closed the Blue Diamond Stakes Day card at Caulfield and jockey Damian Lane gave in-form So You Think mare Miss Siska the ideal ride taking advantage of the on-pace bias playing out on the track all day.
A lightly raced six-year-old, Miss Siska came off an excellent first-up win in the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) at Caulfield a fortnight back.
Continuing her excellent strike-rate at the course the mare celebrated another victory on way to the Group 1 $1.5 million Australian Cup (2000m) on March 7.
“She’s always been a high-class mare,” Begg said.
“She hasn’t had a log of racing. She’s probably only really coming to the form now.
“I think last preparation really seasoned her up for this preparation now.
“She’s a pleasure to train. She makes my job easy.
“[The Australian Cup is in] two weeks’ time and there’s no reason not to [go].
“She’s raced very well at Flemington in the past and it’s the right race for her at this time.”
Showing plenty of pace right from the jump, Miss Siska eventually settled second in a lovely spot as Craig Williams really fought to cross and lead aboard Odeon.
Williams tried to slow the pace in front, while the Chris Waller-trained favourite Kings Will Dream tracked around fourth poised and searching for a run approaching the turn.
On the straight Odeon was put under pressure and with 250m to go the mare moved up and hit the front with Kings Will Dream coming at her.
In the end Miss Siska ($4.20) was too strong, just holding off Kings Will Dream ($3.10) who came off a first-up third in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) and looks right on track for the Australian Cup.
In third rounding out the Peter Young Stakes trifecta was the Caulfield Cup third placegetter Mirage Dancer ($31) showing good improvement after his dead last (12th) fresh in the CF Orr.
“She was tough today it wasn’t all rainbows and lollipops like last time I had to do a bit of work early,” Lane said post-win.
“I was able to sit outside the leader and she sprinted well and fought off Kings Will Dream when it counted.”
Last year’s Peter Young Stakes winner Avilius only managed to cross fifth to the two-time champ Harlem in the Australian Cup results.
The Godolphin great was quick to atone however heading to Sydney to complete the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) – Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) double in the wet at Rosehill.
The Peter Young Stakes – Australian Cup double meanwhile was last achieved by Fiorente (2014).
Updated Australian Cup odds on this year’s Peter Young Stakes winner Miss Siska have firmed in from $13 to $9 at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Begg said a trip to Sydney was also likely for Miss Siska, but that they would avoid running her on wet tracks.
2020 Peter Young Stakes Results
|1||9||MISS SISKA||Grahame Begg||Damian Lane||–||7||57kg||$4.20|
|2||4||KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE)||Chris Waller||Mark Zahra||0.2L||1||59kg||$3.10F|
|3||6||MIRAGE DANCER (GB)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Ben Melham||0.95L||6||59kg||$31|
|4||5||REGAL POWER||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||1.05L||5||59kg||$3.90|
|5||2||HARLEM (GB)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damien Oliver||1.25L||3||59kg||$16|
|6||7||ODEON (NZ)||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Craig Williams||1.35L||9||59kg||$12|
|7||1||SUZUKA DEVIOUS (JPN)||Mitsuru Hashida||Michael Dee||4.35L||4||59kg||$41|
|8||3||LEVENDI||Peter Gelagotis||Beau Mertens||6.85L||8||59kg||$51|
|9||8||CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Glen Boss||7.35L||2||58.5kg||$9.50|
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