Gai Waterhouse has no doubt that smart filly Kimberley Star will measure up to Group company after recording a hat trick of wins with her victory in the $85,000 Structaflor Yellowtongue Plate (1400m) for the three year olds at Rosehill last Saturday.
Kimberley Star broke her maiden status with a win over 1300m in a mid week two year old fillies maiden at Warwick Farm on July 1 and then stepped up to Saturday class with a win over 1400m at Randwick on July 11.
Then as a new season three year old filly Kimberley Star was able to beat the colts and geldings again with a three lengths win to give Waterhouse plenty of confidence as she picks out her next assignment in better class.
“She’s a serious filly about to take on the best of the best,” Waterhouse said.
“They backed a few to beat her but she just said see you later alligator.
“I will have a look at the options available but I think she’s up to a 1400-metre Listed race or Group II.”
“I have been talking up this filly for months now, and I truly believe she has a very big future ahead.”
Saturday’s winning jockey Blake Shinn has been aboard the Star Witness filly for her hat trick of wins and the pair are really developing a great combination.
At Rosehill on Saturday Shinn settled Kimberley Star just behind the speed in fourth position in the early and middle stages and then after easing her out on the corner, the filly exploded away to score a dominant win.
“She is getting better with each and every start and young Blake Shinn certainly is gaining a great familiarity with the daughter of Star Witness,” Waterhouse wrote on her website.
“She travels so well in the run and when it is time to go, boy does she go. She really can put a field away quickly and on Saturday she did it while giving the boys weight.”
“Only really good fillies can win, and win convincingly, while giving the colts and geldings weight. Kimberley Star did it easily on Saturday and after I speak with the owners we will be planning some lofty Group targets for her over the next two months.”
Kimberley Star is among the nominations for the Listed $100,000 The Rosebud (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday and Waterhouse will wait until later in the week to confirm if she will back up this weekend.
Saturday’s win was Kimberley Star’s third from seven starts and took her prizemoney earnings plus bonuses to $225,735.