Hugh Bowman declared next month’s Group One Flight Stakes as good as over after Streama scored her second victory of the Princess Series in Saturday’s Tea Rose Stakes.
The Guy Walter-trained three-year-old ran home the final 600 metres in 34.17 seconds making it virtually impossible for runner-up Pane In The Glass ($4.80) to run her down from back in the field.
Consistent filly Florentina ($8.50) had to settle for a placing for the third time this campaign after finishing runner-up in the opening two legs of the series, the Silver Shadow Stakes and Furious Stakes.
Streama’s two length win was Bowman’s fourth victory in the Tea Rose and he said he was ultra-confident the filly could become his third Flight Stakes (1600m) winner at Randwick on October 1.
“She’s a top filly,” Bowman said.
“I can’t see any of them beating her in the Flight Stakes.
“Whether something else comes out of the woodwork, I don’t know, but I don’t see any of them (from the Tea Rose) being able to beat her.
“I’m so delighted and it’s great to be riding a good winner for Guy. It means a lot to me.”
Shared Reflections looked liked she would cross to the front but when she stayed off the rail Bowman kicked up to retake the lead and dictated the race.
Walter has prepared many good fillies and the astute trainer declared he wouldn’t go to the well too many times this spring, all but ruling out a trip to Melbourne after the Flight Stakes.
“She’s a beautiful filly and very adaptable,” Walter said.
“It was another beautiful ride by Hugh. He said he was going to go forward and I was a little wary but he was proven right.”
Patinack Farm’s trainer John Thompson said tempo, like in the Furious Stakes, played against Pane In the Glass but he is confident her time will come.
“The way the race was run it was very hard to come from back in the field with Streama up front,” Thompson said.
“They ran home in 34 something, it was a good honest effort and the next one is the one we want.”