Co-trainer Michael Hawkes has always had an opinion of London Lolly, but he admits that he is slightly concerned by the weight and barrier allocated to the talented filly for the 2014 Quezette Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
Under the set weight plus penalties conditions of the Quezette Stakes London Lolly has been allocated 57.5 kilograms, because of her stellar juvenile campaign and her winning chances in the race were not improved when she drew barrier eight.
Hawkes told Racing Ahead that London Lolly has done everything right since returning from a stint in the spelling paddock and is happy with her condition heading into the Quezette Stakes, but expects her to take plenty of benefit out of the Group 3 event.
“It is a competitive race first-up and she is drawn just a touch awkward, but in saying that hopefully she can have the right run in the race,” Hawkes said.
“She has done well, she is really good, but she will definitely improve from this run.
“It is a nice starting point.
“Obviously she has the weight and she has to carry it because she has already done the job.
“It does (concern me) obviously going forward, but as long as she has the right run through her prep she should be fine.”
London Lolly made her racing debut with a fourth place finish in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) at Caulfield on January 25 and finished second behind Matilija in the Quest Moonee Valley Handicap (1000m) on February 14 before she stamped herself as a filly to watch with back-to-back wins in the Listed St Albans Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on March 14 and the Group 3 Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville on March 29.
The Charge Forward filly was ridden close to the pace in all four of her race starts as a two-year-old, but Hawkes revealed that he has no set tactics in mind for the talented filly and will leave it up to jockey Dwayne Dunn to decide where the three-year-old is positioned in the early stages of the race.
“It just depends, how she jumps is probably how we will ride her,” Hawkes said.
“There is speed there, but it doesn’t always work out that way and it will depend on how she jumps as to what we do.”
London Lolly is currently available at 2014 Quezette Stakes odds of $5.50, while Mick Price-trained Royal Snitzel remains clear favourite at a quote of $2.90.