As their one-time exciting youngster Gotta Kiss was retired from racing, co-trainers Matt Hoysted and Steve O’Dea hope another young filly who races in the same colours can learn to show a killer instinct.
Dalrello Stakes contender Stellar Magic produced an exciting win at Eagle Farm last start when the two-year-old burst through the field from the back to announce herself as a youngster with serious potential.
Bookies rate her one of the favoured bunch for the Listed Dalrello (1000m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday, on the third line of betting at $4.60.
Drawn softly in barrier three, the training team expect the filly won’t be as far back as she was last start but they want her ridden with a sit and ready to pounce.
They have no doubt she has the ability to win the Dalrello, it’s just whether she has discovered how to be decisive and not give her rivals a second chance when she looms to win.
“Late in her races, she hasn’t really learned to put a field away yet,” Hoysted said.
“At Doomben a couple of starts ago she had a soft enough lead and she was then just in front waiting for them.
“She half wants to idle down when hits the front, so hopefully she has taken good confidence from that win the other day when she was able to come in between the field.”
Three-year-old filly Gotta Kiss has been retired.Source:Supplied
Hoysted and O’Dea believe they have a knockout chance in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) with Tumbler Ridge, who rolled along on speed at Doomben last time and fended off the challengers.
Tumbler Ridge is an $8.50 chance in the Guineas and may not have the class of the likes of Apache Chase and Private Eye.
However Hoysted says there are a couple of reasons to believe he is a winning chance on Saturday.
“He has a couple of ticks in that he runs a really strong mile and he races well on that Eagle Farm track,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gotta Kiss’s racing journey has come to an end and the three-year-old will embark on a new career in the breeding barn.
Gotta Kiss finished second behind Rothfire in last year’s Group 1 JJ Atkins but has been beaten a long way in both runs this campaign, including when she bled in one nostril in her final start in the Daybreak Lover.
Gotta Kiss raced at consecutive Gold Coast Magic Millions carnivals, finishing fifth behind Aim in the $2 million 3YO Guineas in January.
Originally published asFilly a Stellar choice to fill Gotta Kiss void
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