Leading jockey Tommy Berry steered Nayeli to victory in a barrier trial over 1050 metres at Royal Randwick last Friday and the leading jockey believes that the talented filly will be tough to beat in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 13.
Nayeli was given a good stint in the spelling paddock at the end of her juvenile campaign and looks to have returned for her 2014 Spring Racing Carnival preparation in excellent condition after recording two barrier trial victories.
Berry told Sky Racing HQ that he is very excited to partner Nayeli during her spring campaign and he is confident that she could claim a maiden win at Group 1 level in the Golden Rose Stakes.
“She is a lovely filly,” Berry said.
“She was a very leggy filly last preparation and we always thought that she would improve after a break and she has definitely come back a lot stronger.
“She looks like she will get over a bit of a trip and she is very exciting.
“She showed that she has her fair share of ability last preparation, but she wasn’t a natural two-year-old, she just had that ability shine through.
“We are really looking forward to her this preparation and I think that she is heading towards the Golden Rose, which is a race that she will be very hard to beat him.”
Nayeli made her racing debut with a comfortable win in the 2014 ATC Membership On Sale Maiden (1000m) at the Randwick-Kensington track on January 8 earlier this year and was far too good for the likes of Bugatty, Cautious and Zululand in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on February 1.
The More Than Ready filly made her Group 1 debut in the Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 22 and took up the running in the early stages of the race, but tired late to beat home just a single runner.
Nayeli is currently available at odds of $17 in the 2014 Golden Rose Stakes betting market at Ladbrokes Australia and is priced at a quote of $26 to take out the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 11.
Berry is chasing his second win in the Golden Rose Stakes after he took out the 2012 edition of the race with Epaulette.