Last Wednesday’s Ladbrokes Park winner Perfectly Safe will continue her climb up through the classes at Flemington in two and half weeks.
Lindsay Park co-trainer David Hayes has picked out a 1400m BenchMark 70 Handicap for three year olds at Flemington on August 6 as Perfectly Safe’s next start after the filly scored her first win from three starts at Sandown.
Perfectly Safe, ridden by Dwyane Dunn, beat the John O’Shea trained Gridelin who slipped on the home turn on the greasy surface in the 1200m two year old Handicap which ended up being the only race run after the rest of the meeting was abandoned because of safety concerns with the track.
Lindsay Park representative Bruno Rouge-Serret said that the Exceed And Excel filly is on the improve and that Hayes had informed him that she would now head to Floemington for her next start.
“She’s kept improving every run – her first go on the grass, funnily enough,” Rouge-Serret told racing.com.
“David rang me before and said there’s a nice 1400m for her at Flemington.
“She was tough through the line, it was going to be hard up the straight but she ran away with it late.
“There’s a lot of upside to this filly.
“She’s got a lot of upside, she’s learning what to do and if she keeps going the way she’s going, there’s some nice races ahead.”
Perfectly Safe had suffered an injury early in her career and Wednesday’s win was only her third race start which followed two recent placings on the Geelong synthetic track.
“She had an injury and was slow off the mark, so she’s now back on track,” Rouge-Serret said.
“To have three runs and to keep improving and to come to a nice mid-weeker and win, and I think the second horse is not a bad filly, so there’s plenty of upside.”
Perfectly Safe took Hayes and co-trainer Tom Dabernig to 82 wins on the Melbourne trainer’s premiership for the 2015 – 2016 racing season but they have no hope of catching tearaway leader Darren Weir who has saddled up 103 metropolitan winners this season and is set to win his third trainers title.