Flying Jess to target Sydney Autumn Carnival Features

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Magic Millions 3yo Guineas upset winner Flying Jess will be set for 2017 Sydney Autumn Carnival with the fillies and mares feature races in her sight.

Magic Millions 3yo Guineas winner Flying Jess, above, will be set for a Sydney Autumn Carnival campaign. Photo by Steve Hart.

Magic Millions 3yo Guineas winner Flying Jess, above, will be set for a Sydney Autumn Carnival campaign. Photo by Steve Hart.

Caulfield trainer John Moloney will give Flying Jess a short break in Queensland before preparing her for Sydney with some likely targets being the Group 1 $600,000 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill on March 11 and the Group 1 $1m The Coolmore Legacy Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on April 8.

‘’We’re going to leave her up here (Queensland) for three weeks and then target some of those good mares’ races in Sydney over the autumn,’’ Moloney told Racing.com.

‘’She showed that she had no trouble on that (clockwise) leg and I’m sure she’ll run a strong mile and even get out to 2000 metres so that opens up a few options.

‘’She beat a couple of very smart horses and looks to be peaking so we’ll have a shot at the top and see how she goes.’’

Other races Moloney has in mind for Flying Jess are the Group 1 $500,000 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on March 25 or the Group 2 $200,000 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) on the same day.

Moloney claimed the biggest win of his career when $101 chance Flying Jess overhauled the dual Group 1 winner Global Glamour to win the $2m Gold Coast Magic Millions 3yo Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast last Saturday.

Flying Jess settled back in the second half of the field for Tye Angland but after working to the outside in the straight powered home to beat the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Global Glamour who she is likely to meet again during the Autumn Carnival.

’Most of my best wins have been in Sydney,’’ Moloney said.

‘’I won a Queen Of The Turf Stakes, which is now a group 1 race but was only group 2 then, in 1985 with Casual and Amberino won the Emancipation a few years’ back (2009) so  I hope the luck continues in Sydney this Autumn.

‘’But it’s hard to top yesterday (Saturday). It’s not a group or black type race but the money is great and it was just the perfect day for us all. She’s a million-dollar winner.’’

Last Saturday’s win was Flying Jess’ second after the Hinchinbrook filly won the Group 3 $120,000 SA Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Morphettville during the 2016 Adelaide Autumn Carnival.


About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.


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