The expectations on Ciaron Maher’s Petits Filous continue to grow as the early price about the unbeaten filly in this Saturday’s Quezette Stakes, was quickly snapped up on Wednesday. Punters didn’t shy from the tight opening quote of $2.25 and rushed in, firming the Street Boss filly into $2.05 by the evening. Her support to the exclusion of the rest of the field leaves only Jalan Jalan ($5.50), Adelaide visitor Miss Gunpowder ($6.50) and Sydney raider Giulietta ($9.00), as the only other runners under double figures. That’s not to say the other runners are to be dismissed lightly, four of the past six winners of this race have been at double figure starting prices.
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1. THURLOW – C Williams (13)
The Sebring filly rounded out a successful first campaign, which included a Listed and G3 win, with a ¾ length second to Strykum in the Listed Queen Adelaide Stakes (1050m). Not seen at the trials as she prepares to come back from a four month break and with a wide gate plus 57.5kgs to carry, could be a bit vulnerable first up.
2. PEARL STAR – B Melham (1)
Produced a big finish to claim the Listed Dequetteville Stakes last campaign before running a long neck second to Black Vanquish in the G3 Thoroughbred Club Cup (1200m) at her following start, the last of her campaign. Appears to be at her best when allowed time to find her feet in the run so the inside gate, with a big field of runners, could see her in need of some luck in the straight.
3. JALAN JALAN – C Schofield (7)
Won impressively on debut at Mornington in Maiden company back in May before running an eye-catching third behind Green Card over this track and trip, six weeks later. She then left them with no excuses in recording a three lengths win up the Flemington straight, defeating the boys whilst carrying 58kgs. Can’t ignore the quality of her latest win and back to her own sex, rates a very good chance of making it three wins from four starts.
4. TAKE PRIDE – P Moloney (11)
Won two of her three races heading into the Listed Talindert Stakes where she produced a good front-running effort to finish third (1.1 length) behind subsequent G1 winner Pasadena Girl, before being spelled after a disappointing run in the Festival Of Racing Stakes. Wide draw will mean that she’ll have to jump well if, like previous runs, she takes up a forward position but certainly showed enough in the her first preparation to suggest she’s not out of place in this line-up.
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5. PETITS FILOUS – D Oliver (6)
She has created quite an impression in her two starts to date. The first saw her trounce her rivals by six lengths in Open Class at Moonee Valley before returning to the same venue a fortnight later, to record an equally impressive two length win. Untapped potential, top jock and perfect draw, all point to her keeping her perfect record intact.
6. GUILIETTA – K McEvoy (8)
More then held her own against some top juveniles in smart raced during the autumn and looks set to again compete well in quality events judging by her recent trial win at Randwick. The Gai Waterhouse trained galloper was impressive in recorded a 2.8 length win in that trial and despite only having won one from her four starts, will give them plenty to chase here.
7. MISTY WATERS – J Noonan (2)
Sent out a short-priced favourite for the Listed Dequetteville Stakes after recording two impressive wins from as many starts but unfortunately for those who took the shorts, the daughter of Choisor lost the rider. She then fell a length short when trying to make amends in the Queen Adelaide Stakes and was spelled. No trials in readiness for her return but, she is a speedy customer who from gate two, will put herself right in the race.
8. MISS GUNPOWDER – D Dunn (10)
Made it two from two for trainer Philip Stokes and recorded a professional 1.5 length in a RST 68 (1100m) at Morphettville three weeks back. That was the daughter of Pendgragon first run since March and it was an effort she’ll take great benefit from. This is a significant step up in class however; her trainer is never far from the action when he travels his horses to Victoria.
9. GRISBI’S RUN – C Newitt (5)
Won a Geelong maiden and Ballarat Open in consecutive starts at the beginning of this prep – both on heavy tracks, but has found the company a bit too rich in her two visits to town since. She finished third and 4.3 lengths behind Petits Filous at her most recent start and hard to see her turning that margin around here.
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10. OUR VIDIA – D Lane (12)
Byron Cozamanis’ Denman filly finished strongly from the second half of the field to record a good win on debut in a restricted race at Moonee Valley back in February. Didn’t have the same impact at her following start though, failing to make an impression in the Listed Festival Of Racing Stakes and was spelled. Would imagine she settles a long way back here from a wide draw and whilst the pace will be on from the jump, she’ll have to produce something big to finish over the top of them.
11. DON’T DOUBT MARLEY – C Parnham (9)
The Not A Single Doubt filly has toughed out two wins from as many start thus far, the latest under 59kgs back in June when beating home Ayda by a head. Robbie Griffiths couldn’t have asked for more from his filly and given he is starting her back in a race of this quality, would think she’s made good improvement still over the short break.
Enough to defeat a couple of smart fillies who already have the runs on the board at this level, not so sure?
12. STREAM AHEAD – P Keane (3)
Defied a betting drift to lead all the way and score on debut back in April, winning a Bendigo Maiden by two lengths. The Dane Shadow filly returned from a short break with the run of the race outside of winner Petits Filous, running home strongly from the back of the field to finish second – two lengths behind the winner. Fitter, drawn well and on last start’s effort, has to be given consideration.
13. MADONNA LILLY – D Holland (4)
Secured a lovely run on debut when lining up over the course early July in Open company, but just held her ground in the run to the line, finishing fourth (5.2 lengths) behind Green Card with Jalan Jalan third. For out of that race has stacked up very well and she’ll only be better for having had the experience.
RACE OVERVIEW –
It is hard to make a legitimate case against the favourite here. She’ll get the run of the race and should be too good. Jalan Jalan will track her throughout from her barrier draw and be in the right spot as they straighten for the run home. Can’t ignore the trial of Giulietta recently and if she’s able to find an on-pace position with a minimum of fuss, will give plenty of cheek. Especially if the track is favouring those up front which we’ll know by the time this race is due to start.
1. PETITS FILOUS
2. JALAN JALAN
4. MISTY WATERS