Adelaide filly Maybe Discreet (Shamardal) became the latest player to race into Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) calculations with her win in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1610m) at Flemington.
The fortunes of the Thousand Guineas fillies, particular in Melbourne, have fluctuated as there has not been a dominant three-year-old filly to carry all before her as Pierro (Lonhro) has done in the colts and geldings’ division of the age group.
Maybe Discreet’s jockey Luke Nolen managed to overcome an ordinary draw of barrier 15 to have the Philip Stokes-trained filly racing comfortably behind the leader Walk With Attitude before the field had gone 200 metres.
The daughter of Shamardal travelled comfortably for Nolen before the leading jockey urged her to quicken from the 400 metres. Maybe Discreet’s comfortable run through the early and middle stages ensured she had just enough in hand over the runner-up Members Joy (Hussonet), which ran on well from beyond midfield.
We probably used a bit of gas getting across from an awkward gate but she had a good bunny (trail) and dragged up nice,” Nolen said.
“She showed a bit of determination to fight them off at the furlong and probably got a little bit lost late but I thought the effort was really good.”
Maybe Discreet defeated Members Joy by a short half-head while the favourite Commanding Jewel (Commands) boxed on into third after having every chance at her first run over a mile. Maybe Discreet started at $5 on track but paid $5.40 on the Victorian TAB. The three-year-old fillies ran the 1610-metre trip in 1:37.60 with the last 600 metres covered in 34.41 seconds.
Stokes’s stable representative Kate McMahon said the addition of blinkers to Maybe Discreet’s gear has helped the filly improve to the level that has her in contention for her maiden Group 1 success in the Thousand Guineas.
“We’ve always had a high opinion of this filly and we knew once she stepped up to a mile that she’d really show her game,” McMahon said.
“We’re en route to the (Thousand) Guineas so hopefully she can go on with it.”
“She had her first start over 1100m and had a run at Moonee Valley probably five weeks ago and ran a really good race but we brought her back to Morphettville and put the blinkers on and she is a different horse with them.”
Maybe Discreet’s latest success was her third in six starts and took her prizemoney tally to more than $250,000 for her owners - Mr D G Peacock, Mrs P M Loxton, Mr V A Lianos, Mrs L Yialas, Mr D S Marshall, Mrs W A Marshall, Mr J M Sullivan, Mrs F J Sullivan, Mr D L Field, Dr R L De Ross.