Charging home to secure a comfortable and impressive victory on debut at Bendigo this week, trainer Nigel Blackiston is hopeful classy three-year-old Amarela will progress into a legitimate Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) contender come the late stages of the 2015 Autumn Racing Carnival.
Jumping from the gates only fairly in the 3.y.o Fillies Maiden Plate (1300m), champion jockey Damien Oliver was forced to settle Amarela off the pace of the race’s early leaders; steadily building into a good rhythm and displaying a keen turn of foot to find the line ahead of Marocan Diva; Oak Park Goblet running on for third.
Understandably pleased to have saddled the Pentire filly to victory in her first competitive appearance at the races, Blackiston said he is confident Amerela will take priceless experience and condition from the performance and believes she has what it takes to deliver connections black type success in 2015.
“The upside is that she has nice potential,” Blackiston said after the race.
“Hopefully, as a mare she will even be better, get to some nice heights and win some black type for owners.”
Revealing it was not all smooth sailing through the running of the 3.y.o Fillies Maiden, Oliver is also confident Amarela is capable of a successful transition to the 2015 autumn.
“She came from a difficult position to win nicely,” Oliver said.
Yet to confirm the next point of call for Amarela, Blackiston is likely to draw information from the path contested by talented 2014 Australasian Oaks winner May’s Dream.
Saddled by renowned trainer Darren Weir, May’s Dream ran a credible fourth in the 1Print.com.au Handicap (1200m) at Moonee Valley first-up in March, progressing to an impressive race win in the Pantry Packer Handicap (1523m) also at the Valley two weeks later.
Travelling to South Australia early in April, the New Approach mare ran an impressive third amongst classy competition in the Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m) on the 12th before progressing to her maiden victory at the highest level of racing two weeks later.
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