Trainer David Payne is seriously considering heading to Melbourne for the Kennedy Oaks with his filly Montefilia who scored a commanding win over the colts and geldings in the Group 1 $1m Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick today.
Montefilia made it back to back Group 1 wins after she beat the fillies last week in the $500,000 Darley Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.
The Kermadec filly looked more dominant at the end of the 2000m of the Spring Champion Stakes and Payne is tempted to step her up to the 2500m of the Group 1 $1m Kennedy Oaks at Flemington on day three of the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival on November 5.
“I will have a look at the race in Melbourne. You have to look at it,” Payne said.
“She has only had seven runs now but we’ll see how she is in a couple of days as we will be taking on the fillies again. I feel she will be better over 2500m.”
“She is good and will be even better next year. If you look at her she is quite a lean filly. It’s exciting.”
“She got a little bit held up there but it all worked out well there. If you see her getting off the float you’d think she was flat as a pancake. She just stood there with her head down. She is a trainer’s dream.”
“She’s only won two. I’ve had fillies win 6/7 G1s.”
Montefilia is now the clear cut $4 favourite for the Kennedy Oaks at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Winning jockey Jason Collett claimed his second Group 1 winning trophy with a patient ride, settling Montefilia midfield in the early and middle stages.
Collett was held up slightly in the early stages of the straight, but was then able to maneuver Montefilia ($2.70 favourite) into the clear before powering to the line for a three quarters of a length win over Lion’s Roar ($18).
Lion’s Roar had charged to the lead at the 250m but was unable to hold out Montefilia while Bucharest ($21) worked hard to finish in third spot.