Kensington winner Chill to be aimed at Flight Stakes
Improved filly Chill put a Group 1 tilt this spring on trainer Anthony Cummings’ mind when the three-year-old scored a breakthrough win in Wednesday’s Precise Air Maiden Handicap (1250m) at Randwick.
Cummings declared his plans to plot a course towards the Flight Stakes (1600m) with his daughter of Vancouver after she broke her maiden tag at start six with a tough effort on speed.
The Randwick conditioner has already tested Chill in stakes grade, running fifth in the Listed Rosebud (1100m) first up this preparation and eighth in the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes as a two-year-old in the autumn.
A date with the Princess Series now looms for Chill.
“She’s always looked like she was capable of winning better races and she’ll go back to that level now,” Cumming said.
“She’ll go towards the Flight Stakes and better races.“
Chill breaks through for her Maiden victory at start number six under @KPMcEvoy! @TonyBrassel followers are off to a good start at Randwick Kensington! 👌 pic.twitter.com/tnaaO1gelb
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy had Chill perfectly poised outside the lead on the Kensington track.
He levelled up to the leader Why Doubt at the 200m mark and Chill ($11) did more than enough over the concluding stages to hold off the Anthony Mountney-trained Wolves ($10) by three-quarters of a length with Clarry Conners’ Mokulua in third.
“She ran when the other day and was able to go up a little further in trip and make every post a winner,” McEvoy said.
“She showed nice intent and got a nice rest there mid-race before she was able to kick off the turn there nicely.
“I think she is a scopey type of filly so it was nice to get a first win out of the way for her today.”
Chill is $51 for the Flight Stakes with TAB and wasn’t the only filly to put bigger races on the agenda.
The John O’Shea-trained Jai Lei put a stakes assignment on her radar with a slashing second up win in the Bowermans Commercial Furniture Handicap (1250m).
O’Shea said post race he would now contemplate a black type tilt with his daughter of a Sebring, which boasted her record to two wins and a placing from three starts.
The @JohnOSheaRacing trained Jal Lei, with @Reganbayliss aboard, rounds up her rivals in the run home and records an impressive win @aus_turf_clubpic.twitter.com/7wnkFj0Fw0
Originally published asChill warming up for Group 1 mission
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