Trainer Kelly Schweida is confident that talented filly Cellargirl will lay a great account for herself when she steps out in Saturday’s Group 1 Flight Stakes field at Royal Randwick.
Cellargirl has only made seven competitive appearances at the races since debuting in November, but has more than stamped herself as a filly to follow in posting three wins and two minors; highlighted by a dominant triumph in the Listed Bill Carter Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on June 3rd.
The More Than Ready filly made her Sydney debut for a commendable third in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) a fortnight ago and Schweida is confident that his decision to keep the filly for the Flight Stakes, rather than contest last weekend’s Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) will prove the correct decision.
“Michael (Walker, jockey) said the horse he thought would lead missed the start and his plan to follow it went out the window,” Schweida told AAP.
“He said he got too far back and while she was travelling well the whole way, she was too far back in the straight.”
“Michael felt it was a very good run and he was keen to ride her in the Flight Stakes.”
Cellargirl was forced back into the paddock following her one Brisbane Winter Carnival start after suffering a minor injury during work, but resumed on August 16th for a dominant win in the Bundaberg Rum Handicap (1050m) and finished second in the QScan Radiology Clinics Handicap (1350m) in her only other start prior to the Tea Rose Stakes.
“She ran a very fast final sectional in that first-up run because she was a mile off them. She then ran another good sectional when she was second at Doomben again over 1350 metres,” Schweida added.
Cellargirl is set to face the likes of Alizee, Champagne Cuddles and Pandemonium in Saturday’s Flight Stakes field and was one of eleven nominations for the Group 1 race on Monday morning.
Cellargirl is currently available at early 2017 Flight Stakes odds of $7 with online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.