Now that she has returned to winning form, Bengal Cat will chase her second victory in as many weeks in the VOBIS Gold Reef at Caulfield.
The race will be a detour from trainer John Sadler’s orginal path for the filly as he named the Group Three Auraria Stakes as Bengal Cat’s next start after she won at Sandown last week.
“I then looked at this race and saw how much money it was worth,” Sadler said.
“She’s pulled up so well and I’ve got no doubt she’s going to be hard to beat again.”
The Gold Reef carries $280,000 prize money compared to the $120,000 on offer in the Auraria Stakes.
Bengal Cat appreciated a class drop in her return to winning form at Sandown last week after three unplaced runs in black-type races against her own sex.
But Sadler concedes the filly is not well off under the set-weights conditions of Saturday’s race where the colts and geldings carry 58kg against the fillies on 56kg.
Sadler is setting Bengal Cat for the Australasian Oaks at Morphettville on May 7.
“I would love her to win this race and then go into the Group One in Adelaide in three weeks with two good wins under the belt and be one of the favourites,” Sadler said.
Bengal Cat will again be ridden by Sadler’s apprentice-son Tom.
Last-start Mornington Guineas winner Tarquin holds favouritism at $3.60 with Bengal Cat the second pick at $4.
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