The cotton wool comes off exciting two-year-old filly Enthaar when the Blue Diamond Stakes favourite makes her yearly return in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
There has been a lot of fanfare about the two-year-old after she made a winning debut in the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) at Randwick in October.
TAB has Enthaar as their $3 favourite for the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield on February 20 and $6 top elect for the Group 1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill four weeks later.
Those are luxury odds compared to the $1.28 quote she is at for her return on Saturday.
The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained filly strolled around in a Werribee trial on January 12 and everything is in order for her to run at Caulfield.
“Everything has gone right, touch wood,” Eustace said.
“She’s trialled well. I can see her being quite fresh on Saturday, but she’s ready to run and she’s been ready to run for a week or so.
“I think the 1000 metres is ideal for her, she’s been showing a lot of speed at home.
“The timing is ideal to have her at her top for the Blue Diamond and it will also give us something to work towards later on in the autumn up in Sydney as well.”
Enthaar is at the top of the pecking order of the Maher and Eustace two-year-olds, although Eustace was heartened by the performances of the filly’s stablemates in divisions of the Blue Diamond Preview at Caulfield on Tuesday.
Saasmit finished sixth in the filly's division behind Dosh while Gulf Of Suez filled third place in the colts and gelding's heat.
Whether they join their highly-rated stablemate in the Blue Diamond is still being finalised.
“The filly may not quite up to the mark for the Diamond even though she ran a really good race.,” Eustace said.
“If she had got a slightly better run in transit, she might have finished third.
“The gelding was really, really good. He toughed it out well and showed he could get a bit further as well.
“I think we’ll have a think about where we go with him. He’s a gelding and there is not that pressure to win a big race, so we’ll see.”
Chairman's Stake meeting at Caulfield on Saturday, picture Racing Photos