Luckless filly in Guineas bid

One of the spring’s unluckiest horses gets a final chance to make up for two missed opportunities when filly Affair To Remember tackles the colts in Saturday’s Group 2 Sandown Guineas.

The daughter of Toronado was hopelessly blocked for a run in the Listed Jim Moloney Stakes at Caulfield two starts ago and was again victim of traffic at Flemington on Oaks day when she got clear late and rattled home late for third.

The races might not have been Group 1s but as Ballarat trainer Dan O’Sullivan observed, you never refuse a win over the heart of the spring carnival.

“It has been a frustrating spring with her missing out here, there and everywhere and  it was a big day and a big stage (at Flemington last week) and it would have been nice if she got the result but she did us proud,” O’Sullivan said.

“In a perfect world, I would love to be taking on the fillies and I probably wouldn’t mind going up in distance rather than going back (1700m to 1600m) but you can only go with what’s programmed and I want to get her out for a break soon.”

No filly has been able to win the Sandown Guineas since the Lindsay Park-trained Cayambe in 2006 but Affair To Remember is one of two fillies nominated among just 11 entries of which there is just one stakes winner – Banquo.

“We’ll go there and try to win some black type with her before she goes out for a spell,” he said.

“She should have got it probably at Caulfield that day but we’ll chip away and see if she can get some.”

O’Sullivan has some big plans for the filly in the autumn.

“She’s settled down and going like a stayer,” he said. “She’ll go out now and we’ve earmarked the Adelaide Oaks for her. She’ll get 2000 (metres) no problem and she has got a bit of mental and physical maturity to come as well.”

Sandown Guineas nominations