Jockey Damian Lane has taken confidence out of Risque’s Australian Guineas placing and expects the filly will handle a rise in distance in the Vinery Stud Stakes.
Risque is just being shaded by Jameka for favouritism in Saturday’s Group One Vinery at Rosehill in what will be the former New Zealand-based three-year-old’s first try at 2000m.
“She’s a filly that has impressed me from the first time I rode her and I think she’s only improved,” Lane said.
“I also think she’s still got improvement in her and I think she’ll be no worries at the 2000 metres.”
Risque raced to the front at the 200m in the Australian Guineas and kept fighting to the line but was denied by quality colts Palentino and Tarzino.
“She was wide and I had to go earlier than I wanted to because of Tivaci circling the field,” Lane said.
“Just how strong she was to the line in that race gives me confidence that she’ll get the 2000.
“Off that run you’d be pretty confident she will run well.”
VRC Oaks winner Jameka finished fifth in the Guineas before heading to Sydney where she was third to Tarzino in the Rosehill Guineas.
While Lane has won two Group One races in Victoria, the jockey will be after his first in Sydney on Saturday.
Risque won the Group One New Zealand 1000 Guineas earlier this season and will be having her third Australian start on Saturday since joining the David Hayes and Tom Dabernig stable.
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