Godolphin believe that classy filly Banish is up to black type quality and have confirmed that she will take her position in Saturday’s Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes field at The Valley.
Banish has only made four competitive appearances at the races since debuting on Boxing Day last year, but has more than stamped herself as a filly to follow in posting two wins and as many minor placings.
Banish worked alongside stable mate and fellow Atlantic Jewel Stakes nominee Esperance at The Valley on Tuesday morning and Godolphin’s Victorian foreman David Charles is confident both fillies are ready for big performances.
“We were very happy with them this morning (Banish and Esperance), they worked nicely in company,” Charles told Racing Victoria.
“Banish is coming off a good first-up win at Cranbourne completely against the bias and she gets her chance in Listed grade on Saturday.
“It was a very solid win from the back on a Heavy 10 track.”
Trialling well in the lead-up to her competitive debut, Banish immediately stamped herself as a filly to follow when she finished second behind One More Honey in the Newgate Sizzling Juvenile Maiden (1000m) and was immediately returned to the paddock.
Resuming for a credible third in the Wellington Racing Club Handicap (1200m) at Caulfield on April 8th, the Lonhro filly broke through for her first race win in the CE Bartlett 2yo Maiden Plate (1200m) on April 24th and was again sent to the paddock.
Jumping from the gates well in the De Bortoli Wines BM64 (1200m) first-up this time on August 27th, Banish was settled at the tail of the field by jockey Craig Williams and while appearing to simply have too much to do upon arriving at the final straight, mustered an impressive turn of foot to find the line half a length ahead of closest rival Kirk Ella.
The Atlantic Jewel Stakes field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, today (September 6th) and is expected to include the likes of Roomooz, Limestone and Garrard.