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Fillies can press claims for SA features

Last-start Sandown winner Zargos will be among the fillies trying to press their claims for upcoming Adelaide features when she runs over 1600m at Caulfield.

Fillies can press claims for SA features

Last-start Sandown winner Zargos will be among the fillies trying to press their claims for upcoming Adelaide features when she runs over 1600m at Caulfield.

MUSIC BAY winning the Spicer Thoroughbreds (Bm64) during Melbourne Racing at Sandown Hillside in Melbourne, Australia.
MUSIC BAY winning the Spicer Thoroughbreds (Bm64) during Melbourne Racing at Sandown Hillside in Melbourne, Australia. Picture:(Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

A 1600m race for three-year-old fillies at Caulfield could provide a pointer towards upcoming feature races in Adelaide.

The Phillip Stokes-trained Music Bay Horseform was the $3.20 favourite on Friday for Saturday's Jack Elliott Handicap, with the filly stepping up to 1600m for the first time this campaign after racing to a four-length win in a 1300m-midweek race at Sandown last start.


Stokes has the Group Two Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m) for fillies and mares in Adelaide on May 4 in mind for Music Bay, a race that is on the same program as the Group One Australasian Oaks (2000m) for fillies.

Last-start Sandown winner Zargos Horseform, prepared by Lindsay Park trainers David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig Horseform, is one of the fillies who could press their Oaks claims in Saturday's race but has to contend with the widest barrier.

Zargos came from back in the field to win a 1600m benchmark 70 against her own age and sex last start at Sandown on April 3.

"She's a really talented filly," Dabernig said in Lindsay Park's stable update.

"It was a good win last start but we'll have to ride her patiently and produce her late. And she's on target to go towards the South Australian Oaks."

Lindsay Park also has Nasaayim in the race with the filly coming off an unplaced run in the Listed Laelia Stakes (1600m) in Adelaide second-up.

"She should be able to get a soft run from that gate (barrier two)," Dabernig said.

"She won first-up. She had to do a bit of work last start. She's very fit and this looks a nice race for her."

The David Brideoake Horseform-trained Princess Jenni Horseform, a late scratching from the recent Adrian Knox Stakes in Sydney, has top weight of 60kg in Saturday's race and she is high up in early markets for the Australasian Oaks.

Saturday's meeting features two Group Three races including the Easter Cup (2000m).

The Anthony Freedman-trained Plein Ciel Horseform was the $3.80 favourite on race eve ahead of Night's Watch ($6.50) who drops in grade after unplaced runs in the Group One Australian Cup and Ranvet Stakes in his past two starts.

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