First up specialist Sultry Feeling scored a tough win in the Group 3 $150,000 Robrick Lodge Triscay Stakes (1200m) at Randwick today.
The James Cummings trained Sultry Feeling was having her first run back since finishing fourth to Scarlet Billows in the Group 3 $200,000 Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day last year.
In the winning the Triscay Stakes, Sultry Feeling not only made it three first up wins from five attempts, but also broke her Randwick duck at her seventh outing there.
Wining rider Kerrin McEvoy has Sultry Feeling ($7) travelling right on the pace but it took nearly the entire length of the straight to wear done the leader Vergara ($4.20) before holding off the $3.70 favourite Peeping to score a three quarters of a length win with $12 chance Savoureux running on strongly for third with the favourite fading to fourth.
“She has overcome her six starts at Randwick for nothing now,” Cummings said.
“It was a good win in the Triscay there.”
“Hughie (Bowman) did a bit of work, trialled her for me, last week with her but he couldn’t ride the weight, Kerrin stepped in and substituted very well.”
“I didn’t expect her to be outside the leader, but there wasn’t much speed on paper so I expect a filly like her with speed to be able to put herself right there.”
“She has beaten off a very good mares in Peeping and Vergara, they are both very good horses.”
Cummings will now head to the Group 3 $150,000 TAB Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on March 19 and then he will pick out a race for over ‘The Championships’ at Randwick.
“I see her running in the Birthday Card and possibly back here for The Championships,” Cummings said.
“Great to get that Group win.”