Promising filly Thump will head to the 2015 Coolmore Classic after she returned to winning form in the Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick this afternoon.
Thump was sent to the breeding barn after she finished at the tail of the field in the Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1300m) at Royal Randwick on August 23, but she failed to scan in foal to Fastnet Rock and was sent back to the stable of Kris Lees.
Jockey Tye Angland found the fast lane that had been present at Royal Randwick throughout today’s meeting and Thump kicked away from her rivals and she was able to hang on to record her first race win since she took out the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) in March of last year.
Trainer Kris Lees admitted after the race that Thump looked a little heavy ahead of her return to racing in the Triscay Stakes, but he was thrilled to see her return to winning form and he confirmed that the daughter of Red Ransom would be set for the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 14.
“I thought coming into the race that she just looked a little pretty and it had been a long time off, but she is suited to this style of racing and she won a Surround Stakes sitting wide with that momentum type of run and she got that perfect ride from Tye today,” Lees said after the race.
“The target all along has been the Coolmore Classic and she appears to be on track.”
Angland did not have a great deal of luck over the summer period, but he scored a feature race win on Scissor Kick in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens last weekend and he was delighted to maintain that form this weekend.
Angland admitted after the race that he probably pushed the button on Thump slightly too early, but was happy with the turn-of-foot shown by the four-year-old.
“I went out and worked the track earlier and it was quiet obvious where the best part of the going was and racing all day has shown that,” Angland said.
“I thought we had a good enough run and I held her together up the rise and she showed a better turn-of-foot than I thought she had and that was the winning move.
“She skipped away, I probably should have heard her together a little longer, but I thought I was going good enough to get them off the bridle chasing me.
“She was getting tired late, but the race was over.”
Lees is chasing his first win in the Coolmore Classic after previously missing the placings with Sharnee Rose (2014), Lucia Valentina (2014), Hidden Wonder (2011), Absolutelyfabulous (2009), Vitesse Dane (2007) and Lucida (2004).