Adelaide girls trounce the locals in fillies' Preview

Two girls from Adelaide proved they could match their talents with Melbourne’s best when Miracles Of Life trounced her rivals in the fillies’ division of Saturday’s Listed Blue Diamond Previews (1000m) at Caulfield.

Miracle Of Life and apprentice Lauran Stokakovic take a break on the field, picture

Miracles Of Life had to step up to stakes class in Melbourne after showing she was South Australia’s best two-year-old by some margin with her two home-state victories with apprentice Lauren Stojakovic aboard.

Stojakovic herself had an anxious wait to find out if she would keep the ride on Miracles Of Life in the Blue Diamond Preview after a swarm of local jockeys inundated connections with offers to ride the daughter of Not A Single Doubt when she crossed the border for her Victorian debut.

Both horse and rider were up to the challenge. Stojakovic let Miracles Of Life find her feet midfield for the first 600 metres before the little filly sprinted brilliantly to bury her well-performed opposition in the final 150 metres.

“I thought if she could race to how she raced in Adelaide, even though it was a bit stiffer competition today, I thought she would be hard to beat,” Stojakovic said.

“She loves racing and she just ran away from them again so it was just awesome.

“That felt the best out of her three runs. I think because there was a bit of competition there, she actually chased and just really burnt past them.”

Miracles Of Life defeated Diamond Glow (Bel Esprit) by 4-1/4 lengths while Swing Vote (Northern Meteor) was another half-length away in third. Miracles Of Life covered the 1000 metres in 57.39 seconds, which included a last 600-metre sectional of 34.3 seconds. The filly started at $3 on track but paid $2.60 on the Victorian TAB.

Miracle Of Life was well clear at the line, picture

Miracles Of Life shot to the top of Blue Diamond Stakes betting after her brilliant win but the filly is not nominated for Victoria’s richest two-year-old race.

However, her trainer Daniel Clarken said he expected the youngster’s owner – Teeley Assets – to pay the $55,000 to secure a shot at their second success in the race after the Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) carried their colours to victory in the 1999 Blue Diamond Stakes.

“We’ll get her home and see how she pulls up first, that’s the most important thing, and then we’ll go from there,” Clarken said. “She probably looks like a late entry for me.

“It has been three weeks between runs now. I think we’ll go straight to the Blue Diamond.”