Expensive filly Enbihaar will now head to the Group 1 $1.5m Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in a fortnight as one of the top fancies after a convincing win in the Fillies Prelude today.
The Lindsay Park trained Enbihaar ($9.50) kept her unbeaten record intact with Stephen Baster urging her to the line to record a half neck win in the Group 2 $200,000 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) for the fillies at Caulfield.
While Baster had Enbihaar sitting on the pace, race favourite Oohood ($4) had to work home late from near the tail of the field to grab second spot with Seabrook ($16) gaining third place on protest over Lake District Girl ($17)
Today’s win was Enbihaar second visit to the race track after scoring on debut in a 1000m two year old at Morphettville Parks in Adelaide on January 20 and Lindsay Park co-trainer Ben Hayes said that the Magnus filly had always showed plenty of natural ability.
“She was excellent when she went over to Adelaide. She did it all on the speed,” Hayes said.
“Today she was sitting just off the speed and was very strong on the line.”
“At home she beat one of our two year olds quite well so that gave us a bit of confidence coming into this race today.”
Trainer Tony McEvoy has some work to do to improve the pre-race manners of Oohood who had to undergo a vet check behind the barriers before the start after rearing up in the starting stalls and dislodging jockey Luke Currie.
The I Am Invincible filly then settled near the tail of the field but was doing her best work over the last fifty metres but was unable to overhaul the winner.