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The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Dame Giselle chases a whitewash in the Princess Series of races in Sydney this weekend sitting top of a seven-filly field for the Flight Stakes 2020.
The airborne daughter of I Am Invincible is out to become the first in over 20 years to make it four-from-four in the series of spring feature races for three-year-old fillies having won the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes, Furious Stakes and Tea Rose Stakes hat-trick in her three lead-up starts this campaign.
The last filly to win those three races and then salute in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) was Samantha Miss (1998), while the only other to complete the clean sweep was Angst in 1993.
Boasting an excellent record at the Randwick track (7:4-1-1) ahead of Saturday’s Group 1 test over the mile on Epsom Handicap Day, Dame Giselle is drawn the rails with Tommy Berry retaining the ride from barrier one.
Berry, who recently won the George Main aboard Kolding and the Golden Rose on Ole Kirk, is after his second Flight Stakes success having won the 2015 edition aboard the Gai Waterhouse-trained Speak Fondly.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden has also prepared one previous Flight Stakes winner in Guelph (2013), but is after his first success in partnership with his son Paul.
Paul Snowden is confident Dame Giselle has what it takes to stretch her brilliance over the 1600m after her half-length success in the Tea Rose over 1400m on September 19.
“She is really good,” he told Racenet this week.
“We didn’t have to do much work between her second and her third wins.
“Now we are starting to get, not the miles into her legs but tone that mental state down a little bit.
“She did a little bit of work on Saturday morning and it was very impressive to see how relaxed she was.
“It was quite windy conditions which isn’t ideal for horses and she was really comfortable and happy within herself.”
Chris Waller’s progressive Frankel filly has twice run second to Dame Giselle this spring firstly in the Furious and then the Tea Rose, the second off a luckless run.
The punters are tipping her to relish the rise in distance and present fit third-up for the Group 1 rematch where the favourite jumps from gate four with James McDonald aboard once again.
McDonald and Waller combined last year to win the Flight Stakes with Funstar (2019) and Hungry Heart has been backed in from $2.50 to $2.30 through Ladbrokes.com.au to repeat the feat for the stablemate and end the fairy-tale for Dame Giselle.
Outside of the dominant duo the other filly at single-figure Flight Stakes odds to score the upset is the David Payne-trained Montefilia ($8.50).
Jumping from barrier six with Hugh Bowman in the saddle, the nicely-bred Kermadec filly won a Benchmark 72 against the older horses over 1500m at Rosehill in early August before her credible fourth in the Tea Rose Stakes last start.
2020 Flight Stakes Field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||1x3174x111||DAME GISELLE||Peter & Paul Snowden||Tommy Berry||1||56kg||96|
|2||215×22||HUNGRY HEART||Chris Waller||James McDonald||4||56kg||92|
|3||1622×43||VANGELIC||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||3||56kg||82|
|4||14×314||MONTEFILIA||David Payne||Hugh Bowman||6||56kg||81|
|5||39×33111||JOVIALITY||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||5||56kg||77|
|6||0x17||MIRAVALLE||Mark Newnham||Joshua Parr||7||56kg||64|
|7||40×6||ALIGHTED||Anthony Cummings||Regan Bayliss||2||56kg||55|
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