Adelaide filly Maybe Discreet scored a strong win in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1610m) at Flemington today on her way to the Thousand Guineas on Wednesday week.
The Phillip Stokes-trained three-year-old had to work hard early from a wide draw but Luke Nolen managed to find a spot behind leader Walk With Attitude.
From there Maybe Discreet got a comfortable ride on the back of the leader before kicking clear in the straight and hanging on from the fast-finishing Members Joy.
Phillip Stokes stable representative Kate McMahon confirmed the daughter of Shamardal would now be set for the Thousand Guineas (1600m) on October 17.
“We’re enroute now for the Guineas and hopefully she’ll step up for that as well,” McMahon said.
“She settled really good today and Luke gave her a smashing ride.
“Ten days to go, she’ll pull up well I have no doubt. She’s very sound and Luke will keep the ride and we’ll keep going.”
Nolen was riding Maybe Discreet for the first time and suggested she had the potential to continue her success in the Thousand Guineas.
“She’s got a good racing style,” Nolen said.
“She showed good determination to fight them off at the furlong and probably got a little bit lost. All in all I thought the effort was really good.
“I think she’ll be really suited at Caulfield.”
Favourite Commanding Jewel was given every chance by Damien Oliver but failed to match Maybe Discreet in the straight and eventually finished in third position.