Peggy Jean is set to return to racing in the 2015 Light Fingers Stakes this weekend and trainer Gerald Ryan is thrilled with the condition of the talented filly ahead of the Group 2 event this weekend.
Peggy Jean won the Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick during The Championships last year, but she was unable to replicate that sort of form in the spring and she was sent to the spelling paddock after she finished at the tail of the field in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on September 20.
Ryan told Racing Ahead that Peggy Jean took plenty of benefit out of her lengthy stint in the paddock and he feels that the daughter of Myboycharlie is a much stronger and fitter horse ahead of the start of her autumn campaign in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
“I am very pleased,” Ryan said.
“She probably takes benefit out of Saturday’s race, but I was happy with her trial, her work two Saturday’s ago with Hot Snitzel was very good and she worked very well again yesterday morning.
“I elected to stay here just to keep her and Lucky Raquie a part and it doesn’t worry Peggy Jean whether it is dry or wet.
“I am really happy with the way that she has come up, whether she is as good as she was last autumn I don’t know, but she has come up a lot stronger and doing better than what she did in the spring.”
While Peggy Jean will start her autumn preparation in Sydney, she is no certainty to race exclusively in her home state and Ryan revealed that she remains a good chance of racing during the 2015 Melbourne Festival Of Racing.
Ryan said that the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 7 remains an option for Peggy Jean and she could make her Melbourne racing debut in the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 28.
“There is a big chance you will see her in Melbourne,” Ryan said.
“This is just a kicking off point here and she either stays here and runs in the Surround or goes to Melbourne and runs in the Angus Armanasco.
“A fortnight later she is in the Australian Guineas and we will just see how she is going.
“We will just play it by ear and see how we go, but there is every chance that she could get to Melbourne.”
Peggy Jean is currently available at 2015 Light Finger Stakes odds of $14, while First Seal ($3.10) is a clear favourite from Mossfun ($4.20) in the betting market with Ladbrokes.