Trainers Peter Morgan and Craig Widdison were understandably pleased with the results posted by brave filly Eloping over the Spring Carnival and have revealed the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on February 14th may figure as her first point of call this season.
Finishing outside the places only a handful of times through her 13 start career so far, Eloping has not been seen at the races since finishing a close second to a rampant Onemorezeta in the Group 3 Gucci Stakes (1100m) at Flemington on Crown Oaks Day.
Performing well in a barrier trial at Cranbourne on Thursday, Widdison told Racing Victoria the 2015 Light Fingers Stakes currently rates as likely-to-be the Choisir filly’s first point of call this season.
“She pulled up well from this morning’s trial and it should bring her on pretty close to her top,” Widdison said.
“We’re probably leaning towards the Light Fingers Stakes with her at this stage.”
Debuting with victory in a minor event over 900m before making a successful transition to black type racing in taking out the Listed Blue Diamond Preview (100m) at the beginning of 2014, Eloping continued to impressive in finish second to standout filly Earthquake in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) on February 8th before a luckless run for fourth in the Listed Sports 1000 (1000m).
Returning to the winner’s circle in the $250,700 Vobis Gold Rush (1000m) on March 15th, the filly out of Runaway Jesse placed a credible seventh in the major Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m); taking out the Group 3 Royal Randwick Stakes (1200m) and placing fourth in the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) before returning to the winner’s circle.
Returning in spring for third in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m), Eloping completed an impressive run of back-to-back victories in the Group 3 Champagne Stakes (1200m) and Listed Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) and placed a commendable sixth in the featured Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) in her only other start prior to her Gucci Stakes second.
A final field and barrier draw for the 2015 Light Fingers Stakes is due to be completed and released on Wednesday, February 11th.
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