Miss Fabulass shows her class in Tea Rose Stakes

Frankel filly Miss Fabulass won the $200,000, Group 2 Darley Tea Rose (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday to emulate her multiple Group 1 winning Redoute’s Choice dam Samantha Miss.

Miss Fabulass and Kerrin McEvoy, picture

Miss Fabulass, a home-bred for John Singleton and trained by Kris Lees at Newcastle, showed a brilliant turn of foot under Kerrin McEvoy to storm through close to the inside and win by 1 1/2L.

McEvoy had to weave a passage with Miss Fabulass, but the gaps were there and in just her fourth race start the filly had too much for the field. Fiesta (I Am Invincible) and Hugh Bowman were second and Pretty In Pink (Sebring) and Tye Angland third, the margin 3/4L.

The time was 1.22.93 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 34.46. Miss Fabulass paid $10.00 on fixed odds and $9.90 on the tote.

“She was ridden quieter at her first race start due to a wide gate and we discussed it with Kerrin after the recent run when she put herself on the pace and we felt she would be better quieter. He had plenty of horse underneath her and they weren’t going that quick but just looked for a bit of room and she really let fly. We know she can do that once or twice a week at home,” said Lees.

“I just rode her that bit quieter today. She is still learning her trade. Once I asked her she was there for me and picked up really well. She went through the gaps and won it quite soft in the end. She showed a good turn of foot," said McEvoy.

“She is very well bred. The best is yet to come still. She is only going to improve. Dare to say that she is going to be even better next prep. She is an exciting filly to be a part of for sure.”

Singleton purchased Samantha Miss for $3.84 million when she finished racing, a figure he has expressed as being too much. He then invested more sending Samantha Miss to England for a mating with the race champion Frankel and Miss Fabulass is the result. Samantha Miss is back in England for another meeting with Frankel.

Miss Fabulass will now go forward to the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Epsom Day, September 29th, a race Miss Samantha also won.

Tea Rose Stakes, photo finish picture ATC

What the beaten jockeys said:

Tim Clark (Oohood): “Was forced to cover a bit of ground, battled on okay.”

Hugh Bowman (Fiesta): “I was delighted with her, I think the winner just might be a bit too good for us but she did everything she could and I am very proud of her.”

Jim Byrne (Outback Barbie): “Good run, she got into a bit of trouble at the 450m which cost us.”

Tye Angland (Pretty In Pink): “Very good, just needed to draw a gate we had a bit of a tough run around the corner but if she draws a gate she will be very hard to beat.”

Christian Reith (Fundamentalist): “

Jason Collett (Futooh): “We were with the winner but when she sprinted she left us and we ran into a bit of traffic in the straight.

Sam Weatherly (Santa Catarina): “Very good first up run it probably doesn’t look like a lot she finished near the back but she just found 1400m a touch too short and is a bit full of herself but her work through the line was good.”

James McDonald (Madam Rouge): “Probably the wrong way to ride her, she is probably better with a sit.”

Josh Parr (Maid Of Heaven): “Quite taken by her performance she is a nice filly on the way up.”

Tommy Berry (Symi): “We just rode her quiet from the gates today, I was happy with how she hit the line, she is still learning but give her six months and she will be a nice filly.”

Glyn Schofield (Sangita): “Not really the plan to be where we were and we were caught deep and forced to press and I think that told late.”