Anthony Cummings now has the enjoyable problem of deciding on whether to run in the Golden Slipper after his filly, Scandiva, won the $175,000 Parramatta Leagues Club Magic Night Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Scandiva holds of Shahad to score, picture Sportpix.com.au
A close relation to Black Caviar and All Too Hard, Scandiva has improved with every run after a disappointing debut at Caulfield, with a sixth at Warwick Farm with a good win at the same track last time out.
With Peter Robl on board, Scandiva worked across from a wide draw and sat outside race leader Brilliant Bisc (Nolen) who ran the race at a solid tempo.
Little changed in the run until after the field turned for home; Robl held his charge together until they reach the 300m and then kicked for home.
Scandiva quickly dropped Brilliant Bisc and held a comfortable advantage until Shahad (McDonald) came with a barnstorming run down the centre of the track.
Scandiva died on her run late but Shahad also shifted ground and it was enough for Scandiva to hang on for tough victory.
The official margin was a short head to Shahad with a half-length to Major Conquest (Cassidy) in third place. The overall time was 1.11.18 with the last 600m run in 35.85.
“She has had a fairly tight racing schedule so far,” Cummings said. “I’ve found (bypassing the Slipper) impossible in the past.
“She is a really nice filly and very promising to work as hard as she did out of the gates and then be able to finish it off.
“I think there is a way for them to (go to) match up. I think these fillies are coming on and improving whereas Overreach has reached a very high standard very early in her preparation and is going to have to maintain that.
“I think there is more improvement in our filly certainly. She has got the form around Villa Verde and Overreach which I think is the strongest form so far.
“We are a little bit off that speed, we have made significant improvement since though and I am hoping she takes the next step from today.
“Today is a very good day and a great result. It is great to see the Black Caviar family keep producing.”
“She has been a nice filly and she’s kept improving every start this time in,” Robl said.
“She raced first up a bit erratic, with blinkers on at Warwick Farm she won very well
and has improved again today.
“She is going to win better class races.”
Scandiva is by Fastnet Rock out of Scandinavia, the grand dam of Black Caviar, and is owned by R J Crabtree, Ms S C Morvan & C D Jamieson.
Photofinish, by ATC