Trainer Shane Nichols has underlined the 2016 Thousand Guineas (1600m) as a likely spring target for I Am A Star after the talented filly broke through for a maiden black type victory at Morphettville over the weekend.
I Am A Star carried winning form into the Group 3 National Stakes (1200m) on May 21st, and did her chances of success no harm whatsoever when jumping well and taking an ideal position in transit on the heels of the race’s early leaders.
Rounding onto the final straight with a clear racing line, the I Am Invincible filly immediately responded when asked for an extra effort by Steven King; mustering an impressive turn of foot to comfortably over the field of eight and find the line three lengths clear of closest rival bangs.
Nichols was understandably pleased with I Am A Star’s performance for success in the National Stakes; revealing he will set the bar high in a 2016 Thousand Guineas berth in spring and is hopeful the filly will continue to respond.
“I think the future looks really bright for her,” Nichols told Racing Victoria.
“Now she’s a Group 3 winner, she’ll have a little break and then we’ll target all the good fillies’ races in the spring.”
The mile should be to his filly’s liking according to Nichols who also raced her full-sister Band On The Run.
“I had the full sister (Band on the Run) and I thought she could run a mile and this filly is a better horse than her,” Nichols said.
“We’ll aim high and then see how we go from there.”
Trialling well in the lead-up to her competitive debut, I Am A Star made her first appearance amongst notable company in the Cove Hotel Handicap (1100m) on April 23rd but clearly needed the run; finishing sixth.
Jumping from the gates well in the Phar Lap Club Plate (1100m) on May 7th, I Am A Star experienced a carefree run in transit before capping her run with a strong sprint to post a maiden race win.
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