Fuhryk has stamped herself as a legitimate 2017 Australian Guineas contender after recording a comfortable win in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield Racecourse this afternoon.
Fuhryk has returned to racing in particularly smart form this time and did her chances of a maiden black type win no harm when she jumped from the barriers well and took a position just behind the pace as Special Diva, Dimoshot and Selenia tussled for the early lead.
Having weaved through the pack approaching the final straight, jockey Craig Williams barely had to ask for an extra effort as the Star Witness filly comfortably put away her rivals to post the comfortable win.
Williams secured his third win of 2017 CF Orr Stakes Day aboard Fuhryk and was pleased to deliver the Lindsay Park operation another stakes win in the race.
“She’s undefeated at 1200m this preparation,” Williams said.
“She was good and very tough today, and I think that she’s got more in store.
“She’s a black type filly now and she’s going to have better things coming, I’m sure of it.”
Co-trainer David Hayes was pleased that the filly was able to justify her favouritism in the Kevin Hayes Stakes with such a dominant performance and confirmed that she will look towards a race like the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) in early March as a major campaign target.
“She was a bit unlucky at Flemington, she got held up when it mattered but today Craig made no mistakes and I believe when she gets over 1400m and mile, she might develop into elite.
“I think 1400m at Caulfield next against the girl and we’ll make a decision as to where we go after that.
“We’ve had a high regard for her since she won that race at the Valley.”
In being crowned the Kevin Hayes Stakes winner, Fuhryk has now posted four race wins and through six career starts.