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Filly Squares up to chase Millions dream

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Juvenile Trafalgar Square heads to Rosehill after a resilience-building debut.

Trainer : DAVID PAYNE.
Trainer : DAVID PAYNE. Picture: Martin King / Sportpix

Race experience can be a telling factor in two-year-olds contests, but David Payne isn't certain it will be enough for Trafalgar Square to upstage highly touted debutant Storm Boy when they clash at Rosehill. 

Storm Boy has opened an odds-on favourite for Saturday's Kia Ora Prague Handicap (1100m) at Rosehill off the back of two barnstorming barrier trials which he has won by a combined margin of more than nine lengths. 

Trafalgar Square is being kept safe as a $4.60 chance after her solid sixth in the Golden Gift (1100m) when she was pushed to work forward from a wide gate and only tired late. 

With a more economical run on Saturday, Payne is expecting to see sharp improvement but he is wary of the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Storm Boy. 

"She should have been in the money at her first run in a strong race," Payne said. 

"She missed the break and he made a lot of use of her and she only compounded the last fifty metres. 

"It's a smaller field this week, I think Gai's horse will be hard to beat, but she will be competitive." 

Trafalgar Square is by Churchill out of unraced Excellent Art mare Amnesiac and cost $110,000 as a Magic Millions yearling. 

Payne anticipates her eventually getting out over further than a sprint trip but says she has enough natural talent to head down a Magic Millions Classic path. 

"If she runs well on Saturday she will be nominated for that race," he said. 

"She's a lovely filly. She's by Churchill, who is by Galileo, so she should get 1600 metres later on and that's what I'm looking for." 


Racing and Sports

Rosehill

Saturday, 02nd December 2023

1
12:20
(local)

KIA ORA PRAGUE HANDICAP

Age: 2yo WT: 56.0kg Type: OPEN
AUD $160,000
1100m TURF SOFT
1
12:20
(local)
AUD $160,000
1100m SOFT

KIA ORA PRAGUE HANDICAP

Age: 2yo WT: 56.0kg Type: OPEN


FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 2. STORM BOY (AUS) 2yo C
JUSTIFY (USA) - PELICAN (NZ)
TIM CLARK
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
$1.85
58kg
Cunningham Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd (Mgr: M Cunningham), A Bowler, P Lumtin, R McClure, M Freeburn, R Thwaite, J Lyons, Dr P Hughes, N Long, Mrs D Long, Mrs J Canceri, R Canceri, M Grogan, D De Jersey, Mrs Z De Jersey, Mrs M Annetts, Nocab Racing, Summit Thoroughbreds, J Widdows & X Huang

Sales Information

2nd 3. TRAFFIC WARDEN (AUS) 2yo C
STREET BOSS (USA) - EFFICIENTLY (AUS)
ZAC LLOYD
JAMES CUMMINGS
$5
58kg
Godolphin
3rd 6. CANARA (AUS) 2yo F
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - KARAVALI (NZ)
KERRIN MCEVOY
CHRIS WALLER
$3.8
56kg
Star Thoroughbreds, Paramount Racing, CGO Racing, Bangaloe Stud, Felgate Holdings, M I Ive, Mrs R A Ive, Nick Vass Bloodstock, Boeara Holdings, Letmar Investments, Mrs D M Handley & S J Maybury

Sales Information

4th 4. WAR COUNCIL (AUS) 2yo C
ROYAL MEETING (IRE) - RUSSIAN RITES (AUS)
TYLER SCHILLER
M, W & J HAWKES
$12
57.5kg

Sales Information

5th 5. VINNIRO (AUS) 2yo C
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - LADY CARTIER (AUS)
CHAD SCHOFIELD
ANNABEL NEASHAM
$17
57kg

Sales Information

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