Trainer Peter Moody could have two runners in next month’s $1 million Golden Rose (1400m) after Bring Me The Maid returned a winner in Saturday’s $175,000 Group 3 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) at Randwick in Sydney.
Moody said the filly could join Better Land – who was unluckily beaten as favourite 40 minutes earlier in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1200m) – in the Golden Rose.
“It would be hard now not to go to the Golden Rose in three weeks with the nice gap coming off a heavy track run today,” Moody said.
“She’s trained on nicely from her juvenile year and she’s taken the next step. She was just too good, she had a bit on them and she’s open to good improvement.
“The two times she’s been beaten, arguably she should have won at the Valley and in the Golden Slipper, there’s three or four of them if they had of taken Mossfun’s run the result might have been different.”
Ridden patiently by jockey Luke Nolen, Bring Me The Maid ($1.85F) travelled strongly into the race before proving too strong for Memorial ($4.60) by 1.5 lengths, with Clover Lane ($41) a further 1.3 lengths away in third.
Promoted to fourth on protest after being run off the track by Liberation, Moody said Better Land was a “super colt”.
“It was very unfortunate that he was beaten the way he was today,” he said.
“We’ll just weigh it up over the next couple of weeks but we might have too good chances in the Group 1 in three weeks.”
The Victorian form came to the fore again in the day’s feature – the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) – with last-start Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) winner Tiger Tees proving too good for Royal Descent and Criterion.
Story by Ben Asgari