Trainer Brent Stanley has confirmed that the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2400m) will be the major 2014 Spring Racing Carnival target for talented filly Veuvelicious.
Veuvelicious made her racing debut at Moonee Valley on February 14 earlier this and failed to impressive in her first two starts before stamping herself as a filly to watch with a dominant five lengths win in the Sensational Springvale Plate (1500m) at Sandown on March 22.
The Northern Meteor filly made her debut at Group level with a fast-finishing third behind Bachman and Scratch Me Lucky in The Schweppervescence (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on April 5 and was backed into favouritism for the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) after winning the Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m) by five lengths.
Veuvelicious was well-backed in the lead-up to the Champagne Stakes, but was settled towards the tail of the field and held up for a run and could finish no better than sixth behind the Leon Macdonald-trained Go Indy Go.
The rising three-year-old was sent straight to the spelling paddock following the Champagne Stakes, but is now in pre-training and will return to Stanley’s stable to begin preparations for the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 11 and the Crown Oaks at Flemington on November 6.
“She spelled ever better than I was hoping for, so that’s a big bonus,” Stanley told Racing Victoria.
“She’s filled out a lot; she was already a tall filly, but she’s filled out a lot, muscled up and is quite mature.
“She has turned into a really nice filly now.
“It’s not really important where she kicks off, but she’ definitely going on an Oaks preparation and probably through the Thousand Guineas.
“The only question mark, all going well of course, would be whether I run her in the Wakeful into the Oaks or she has a run before and diverts from the Wakeful into the Oaks.”
Veuvelicious is currently available at 2014 Thousand Guineas odds of $11, with Darley filly Earthquake a narrow favourite at $5, while she is on the second line of 2014 Crown Oaks betting markets behind Champagne Stakes winner Go Indy Go.
No filly has completely the Thousand Guineas/Crown Oaks double since Serenade Rose in 2005, while 36 fillies have both the Wakeful Stakes and the Crown Oaks.