Canberra mare Eckstein has produced an impressive turn of foot in the final straight at Eagle Farm this afternoon to win the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1300m).
The I Am Invincible filly has gone from strength to strength through recent seasons and did her chances of winning the Glenlogan Park Stakes no harm when she jumped well and took an ideal position in transit on the heels of early leaders Miss Debutante, I Am Zelady and Raiment.
Hugging the rails rounding onto the final straight, Eckstein relished the soft conditions and found the lead with 200m to run; pulling clear to hit the line ahead of a fast-finishing Egyptian Symbol and Sold For Song.
Jockey Corey Brown delivered a smart performance aboard Eckstein to win the Glenlogan Park Stakes and believes that she will only improve into her next start.
“She’s going really well,” Brown said after the race.
“She had an ideal run today. She drew inside which actually wasn’t ideal, but she skipped back to the inside upon straightening.
“She took her time getting there, but when she got there she actually floated around a bit. If she had something more to focus on, I reckon she would have won better.
“Still a very good win under these testing conditions.”
Trainer Kurt Goldman was pleased with Eckstein’s win in the Glenlogan Park Stakes and confirmed that she will progress to the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) in a fortnight, before a run in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) on June 24th.
“As soon as she came out here she really relaxed and it was great to see,” Goldman said.
“She’s coming around and the team do a tremendous job with her and she’s not an easy horse to ride. I rode her the first two weeks of this preparation because she is quite a handful.
“The plan was always to go to the Dane Ripper and then into the Tiara. It was good to see her do that here today on a testing track.
“She had a soft run and she probably had a few favours, but she still toughed it out well against some older mares, so I think we’ll stick to that plan.”
Winner of the Listed Mode Plate (1200m) at Eagle Farm in December, Eckstein was also a smart third in the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) on the Gold Coast in early January of this year.