Co-trainer Peter Snowden admits that he has thrown Kangarilla Joy in at the deep end in the 2015 Silver Shadow Stakes, but he is confident that the promising filly is up to the Group 2 event that will be held at Royal Randwick tomorrow.
Kangarilla Joy made her racing debut with a narrow win over Edge Away in the Pro-Ride Handicap (1100m) at Warwick Farm on August 5, but Snowden believes that the victory was more impressive than it looked on paper and he told Racing Ahead that the daughter of Lonhro suggests in her trackwork that she will be competitive in the 2015 Silver Shadow Stakes this weekend.
“She is a really nice filly,” Snowden said.
“She only won by a slender margin, but there is a lot to like about her win.
“She got a bit lost when she hit the front, but as soon as another horse came to her she found plenty.
“She is a very good track worker and she is blessed with good natural pace.
“I have certainly thrown her into the deep end second-up in a Group race, but I feel that she is up to that level.
“What she lacks in racing ability, I think that she makes up for with ability in herself.”
Kangarilla Joy was settled just outside the leader in the early stages of the Silver Shadow Stakes and she coasted when she hit the front at the top of the straight, but she responded well when asked was challenged by Edge Away in the final stages of the race.
Snowden said that he would like to see Kangarilla Joy take a sit behind the leader in the early stages of the Silver Shadow Stakes, but he admits that jockey Christian Reith may be forced to press forward on the three-year-old.
“I think she probably puts herself there by default,” Snowden said.
“I would love to sit off the speed and give herself something to chase at, but it might not work that way because she could get caught deep.
“I will leave it up to Christian and ideally for me I would like to find cover, but we find ourselves outside the leader then so be it.”
Kangarilla Joy is currently available at 2015 Silver Shadow Stakes odds of $6 and she is on the fourth line of betting behind Golden Slipper placegetter Lake Geneva ($3.20), last start winner Kimberley Star ($3.70) and Gai Waterhouse-trained Speak Fondly ($4.80).