Ciaron Maher has been understandably thrilled with the results posted by Petits Filous through her short racing career so far, and has confirmed the 2015 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) remains an option for the three-year-old this season after her dominant win in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield over the weekend.
Jumping from the gates well, jockey Damien Oliver immediately led the daughter of Street Boss towards the fore of the field of 12, setting only a fair pace away from the barriers and towards the bend.
Offered a clear racing line upon arriving at the final straight, Oliver allowed the filly to slowly spool up before charging clear of her closest rivals; hitting the line a comfortable length and a half in the clear of closest rival Jalan Jalan.
Maher is confident Petits Filous will take even great benefit from her run in the Quezette Stakes and may set the filly for a tilt at the 2015 Thousand Guineas.
“Today was a real test for her, we’ll see how she comes through the run but today was a real target race,” Maher said.
“With each start she’s learning a little bit and she’s quite a keen little race horse that can be quite aggressive so we’ll keep her to the sprint trips at this stage.”
Oliver delivered a typically impressive performance aboard Petits Filous in the Quezette Stakes and is confident the filly is capable of successful progression this time.
“She was quite keen compared to last start and she wanted to overdo things a bit but was still able to kick away from them at the end so she did a good job,” Oliver said after the race.
“It’s probably the first time I’ve really put her under full pressure and she responded well.”
Debuting to racing for success in the Telstra Phonewords Handicap (1000m) on July 15th, Petits Filous continued her perfect career start through the United Refrigeration BM78 (1000m) in her only other start prior to the Quezette Stakes on August 1st.
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best early 2015 Thousand Guineas odds, for which Petits Filous can be taken at a particularly generous quote of $17 for success.