Lady Of Harrods has made it back to back stakes wins this preparation through a narrow success in the Group 3 Thousand Guineas Prelude at Caulfield on Saturday.
The Russell Cameron-trained filly relished getting back on firmer footing last start in the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) and was expected to once again appreciate the conditions on offer at Caulfield.
The favourite Commanding Jewel wasted no time in getting to the front while Lady Of Harrods box seated behind her under the guidance of Steven Arnold.
Commanding Jewel appeared to have a stranglehold on the race when she kicked at the 200m however Lady Of Harrods in pursuit stuck on gamely, eventually collaring the favourite for a slender win on the line.
Lady Of Harrods (blue cap) duels to the line with Commanding Jewel, picture quentinjlang.com
“We are trying to teach her to settle a bit although we did want to lead today but there was too much pace so we just sat back,” winning trainer Russell Cameron said.
The Dubawi filly will now look to build on her burgeoning black type record when contesting the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1610m) at Flemington next fortnight.
“We will press on, go to the Edward Manifold and we’ll see what happens,” Cameron said.
It is there her credentials over a mile will be tested with a strong performance likely to result in the filly contesting the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 17.
Winning rider Steven Arnold has doubts on whether the three-year-old will be strong over a mile however deserves her chance after Saturday’s determined win in the Group 3 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m).
“She is a really nice filly,” Arnold said.
Lady of Harrods, picture quentinjlang.com
“She took a furlong to come back and then she came back nicely. Ollie sprinted quickly 400m but mine joined in at the furlong and she gave a good kick.
“With improvement she might be able to go on.
“She is probably a little query but if she gets that same gate and that same good run there is no reason she couldn’t get the mile.”