The Group I Flight Stakes is firmly in the sights of Lovemelikearock after proving too strong for the boys in the Group III Spring Stakes at Newcastle on Wednesday.
The Anthony Cummings-trained filly defeated Viking Legend and Euphemism with the favourite Hus de Lieften finishing fifth.
Under the guidance of South African jockey Glyn Schofield, Lovemelikearock settled back near the tail of the field in a slowly run race with the tempo being set by Chopped.
Passing the 600m, Schofield made his move out three deep aboard the daughter of Fastnet Rock putting Hus de Lieften into a pocket and as the field turned for home Lovemelikearock was within striking distance.
In the straight Lovemelikearock moved up to challenge along with No Respite who headed the filly but under vigorous riding from Schofield she found plenty and edged clear of No Respite before holding the other challengers at bay.
â€œDad has a huge opinion of this filly,â€ stable representative Edward Cummings said.
â€œShe will go to the Flight Stakes now and how she does in that race will decide what she starts in when she goes to Melbourne.â€
Part owner and renowned bloodstock agent Duncan Grimley said Lovemelikearock would be suited in a race like the Wakeful Stakes but it was unlikely she would push onto the VRC Oaks.
â€œThe Wakeful Stakes will be her mission in Melbourne,â€ Grimley said.
â€œI donâ€™t think we want to test her past 2000 metres at this stage.â€
The Wakeful is a Group II race over 2000 metres and is run at Flemington on Derby Day, October 31.
The placings and margins: Lovemelikearock (Glyn Schofield) 54.5kg ($5) defeated Viking Legend (Blake Shinn) 56.5kg ($9) by a long neck with a long neck back to Euphemism (Kerrin McEvoy) 56.5kg ($11) in third place.
Winnerâ€™s breeding â€“ Lovemelikearock is a three-year-old filly by Fastnet Rock out of Love All (USA) (Mt. Livermore (USA)).
The time and sectionals â€“ The field covered the 1600 metres in 1.38.94 with the last 600 run in 34.60seconds.