Trainer Phillip Stokes has confirmed that talented filly Samara Dancer will be geared towards an appearance in the 2016 Thousand Guineas (1600m) when she resumes during the forthcoming Spring Carnival.
Samara Dancer immediately stamped herself as a filly to follow upon debuting to racing in late 2015, but was returned to the paddock after failing to fire and fourteenth in her major autumn target; the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 27th.
Pleased with the condition taken by the daughter of Hinchinbrook through her time away from racing so far, Stokes told The Herald Sun Samara Dancer is likely to return to racing in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) on September 10th; progressing to the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) before entering the 2016 Thousand Guineas third-up.
“After she won the Prelude, we took her back to Adelaide and she really lightened odd,” Stokes said of Samara Dancer last preparation.
“She just didn’t back up in the Blue Diamond.”
Trialling well in the lead-up to her competitive debut, Samara Dancer produced a smart effort to take out the Dalziel Racing Plate (1050m) by three lengths on Morphettville on November 28th before immediately returning to the paddock, with a view towards autumn.
Beating a talent-rich field to the line in a Morphettville trial on February 5th, the filly out of Ennerdale jumped from the gates well in the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude F (1100m) first-up on February 13th, receiving an ideal run in transit before producing a smart turn of foot to find the line a length in the clear of closest rival Concealer.
Some of the Autumn Carnival’s standout fillies have already been confirmed to target the Group 1 Thousand Guineas this spring, and the race is shaping as one of the most highly-anticipated events of the Melbourne season as a result.
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