Beautifully-bred filly Saint Angers will be on trial for a Queensland winter campaign at Sandown on Sunday.
The daughter of Redoute’s Choice broke a run of second placings at her first three starts when, second-up from a spell, she scored by 6-1/2 lengths in a 1300m three-year-old maiden at Seymour on April 19.
The three-quarter sister to stakeswinner Gonski and half-sister to Singapore Gold Cup winner Recast steps up to metropolitan class for the first time in the Jeannie King Hcp (1600m).
“She’s a nice filly who broke through very impressively last time and I think she’s getting out to a trip that suits although she might have got there a tad quick,” leading trainer Peter Moody said.
“To look at possible stakes races for her in Queensland I need to get her out to the mile.
“She’s got good upside this filly and I’m hoping that she can show me enough to suggest she’s worth a crack at the three-year-old fillies races in Queensland.”
Luke Nolen takes the ride on Saint Angers who drew barrier one in the nine-horse field.
The filly is one of four last-start winners in the three-year-old fillies race, the others being Dressed, Pink Ice and Belaura.
But the filly to beat looks to be topweight Heidilicious from the in-form John Sadler stable.
The daughter of Zabeel, a sister to 2010 VRC St Leger placegetter Sherpa Tenzing, broke though to win a Bendigo fillies and mares maiden (1600m) last November at her second start.
She resumed with a terrific effort to run second to Fashion, beaten a short head after settling last of the 11 runners over 1400m at Flemington on April 16.
Heidilicious has drawn barrier six and James Winks has retained the ride.
Flemington-based Sadler has two runners at the meeting, the other being Under The Hat in the Ahern’s At Highways After The Last Hcp (1500m).
The Helenus four-year-old drew well in barrier three in the field of 16 plus four emergencies and will be ridden by leading apprentice Jake Noonan.
The gelding has won four of his eight outings including a last-start win over 1400m at Ballarat.