Godolphin home-bred Stalking gets her chance to break into the winning ranks when lining-up for the Ladbrokes Same Race Multi Handicap (1300m) at Sandown on Wednesday following the filly’s scratching from a stakes race engagement in Adelaide last weekend.
The juvenile daughter of Animal Kingdom (USA) was an acceptor for the Listed Oaklands Plate (1400m) at Morphettville last Saturday but came out of the final line-up on Friday morning.
Instead, Stalking heads to the midweek program in Melbourne with Damien Oliver booked to take the ride and the progressive filly to jump from a mid-range barrier.
Twice previously raced, Stalking caught the eye when finishing strongly along the inside fence at the conclusion of the Sofitel Next Generation Sprinters Series Final (1200m) down the straight at Flemington at the beginning of July.
Oliver was at the controls on that occasion and retains the ride for an assignment she’s presently listed as the $4.60 favourite with Tab.com.au.
Though Stalking tackles an extended sprint trip for the first time in her career, there’s good reason to believe that she’ll relish the opportunity.
Stalking hails from a family which traces back to a legion of high-class gallopers raced by the former prominent British owner Eric Moller and which featured Teenoso, winner of the 1983 Epsom Derby and then the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes the following season as a 4-year-old.
Other major winners in this lineage include Favoletta (Irish 1000 Guineas-G1), Lacquer (Irish 1000 Guineas-G1), Sovereign (Coronation Stakes-G1), Most Welcome (Lockinge Stakes-G2) and Topsy (Sun Chariot Stakes-G2), as well as the much more recent STC Gloaming Stakes winner Retrieve, Stalking’s half-brother.
A heavy Sandown track shouldn’t prove to be too much of a concern for Stalking’s supporters, either.
The aforementioned Teenoso was an absolute ‘nob in the wet’, recording the slowest Epsom Derby winning time of the 20th Century.
View the extended highlights of Teenoso's 1983 Epsom Derby win:-