Trainer Gerald Ryan has been thrilled with the continually building form and class of Group 1 winner Peggy Jean, but conceded the three-year-old is likely to be far more competitive over greater distances than this afternoon’s Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.
A standout performer over the 2014 Autumn Carnival, Peggy Jean was unable to make much of an impact over two spring starts and has not been seen at the races since failing to beat a single runner home in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on September 20th.
Having taken out the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes over 1400m most notably, Ryan told TVN while pleased with the form displayed by the Myboycharlie filly so far, he will be far more confident of a return to the winner’s circle when returning to events over a long distance, particularly in considering the talent-rich field confirmed for the Light Fingers Stakes.
“It’s an incredibly tough race and you’d think whatever she does tomorrow she will be better for the run,” Ryan said on Friday afternoon.
“She has come back well but some of these are likely to be too quick for her so when she gets to 1400 and further she will come right into her own.”
Debuting to racing for a close second in a minor over 1000m in early January last year, Peggy Jean charged home to win the $250,000 Inglis Classic (1200m) on January 18th before running third in the ATC Membership On Sale Now Sprint (1200m) on February 1st.
Running a close second to Bring Me The Maid in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) in what was her only other start prior to her Sires’ Produce triumph, Peggy Jean progressed to a luckless fifth when blocked for a run late in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) on April 26th.
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