Progressive filly Sookie is likely to get a chance at Group 1 success in next month’s Tattersall’s Tiara after scoring her first black-type win in the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) at Doomben today.
With Sydney hotpot Arinosa left a long way back and flat footed at the turn, the fillies and mares’ event turned into race in two between Sookie and Bound to Blush.
But it was the Patinack-owned Sookie who proved the strongest in the finish, showing that her last-start failure could simply be attributed to a heavy track.
The daughter of Casino Prince will be auctioned as part of Patinack Farm’s reduction sale on Wednesday. The sale has left trainer John Thompson in a position of uncertainty but he said the Tattersall’s Tiara is an ideal winter target.
“On top of the ground she’s a better filly, the three-year-olds just keep beating them [the older horses],” Thompson said.
“I dare say she’ll push on through the mares’ races to the Tatt’s Tiara…she goes well.
“We’ll just keep heading on with their programs and when they go through the sale they do.”
The win made it a big start to the day for jockey Tim Bell who also took out the opener aboard Valerie D’Amour.
Bell described Sookie as a “lovely filly” and suggested his job was made easy by her professionalism.
“Not too many [jockeys] wouldn’t have the key to her, she’s just such a fabulous ride,” Bell said.
“From the barrier she was just able to slot in and box seat. I was pretty confident on the turn.”
Arinosa, who jumped a $2.40 favourite, finished a well-beaten fourth and jockey Brenton Avdulla attributed her below par performance to a lack of familiarity racing between horses.
“All her wins have come from the outside,” Avdulla said.