Miss Siska will head to the Group 1 Australian Cup in a fortnights time with a win under her belt in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes.
Grahame Begg’s seasoned six-year-old was too good at Caulfield on Saturday beating home a talented field of milers to make it two wins from two this prep.
The mare by So You Think went around as a handy $4.20 chance and showed real class taking up the lead at the 100m mark on the outside of Odeon, before fending off a late challenge from the favourite Kings Will Dream.
On a choppy track that favoured on-pace horses, winning jockey Damian Lane said he was happy to sit back in the early goings and allow Miss Siska’s turn of foot to do the talking later on.
“We were just going too quick and Craig (Williams) looked pretty adamant that he was going to lead,” Lane said.
“There was no point getting into a race to the first corner, luckily enough I was able to make him go quick enough that I could pop around his heels and sit outside him, give her the free air she likes and she did the rest from there.”
Miss Siska always mapped well to finish strong, especially after winning the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) by 1.25L over Odeon a fortnight ago on the same track.
Even so, Lane said Saturday’s win didn’t come quite so easy.
“She was tough today because it wasn’t all rainbows and lollipops like the last start, I had to do a bit of work early and she had to do the donkey work outside the leader. She sprinted well and fought off Kings Will Dream when it counted.”
A trip back to Flemington on March 7 for the $1.5 million Australian Cup (2000m) is next for Miss Siska and, not surprisingly, Begg left little doubt as to whether or not the stable would head that way.
“It’s two weeks’ time and there’s no reason not to,” Begg said.
“She’s raced very well at Flemington in the past and it’s the right race for her at this time. She’ll probably go to Sydney, we’ve got to be very mindful of wet tracks there, she loves being up on top of the ground, so we’ll see how it plays out.”
Miss Siska is $13 into $9 ahead of the Australian Cup.
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