Barrier crucial to Dame’s Sprint return
Sydney’s dominant short-course filly in the spring, Dame Giselle is set to launch her latest preparation in the $1 million Inglis Sprint at Randwick.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden says Saturday’s race is at the top of their agenda but a start will depend on where she draws.
“If she draws a bad gate or we’re not happy with her during the week we will wait for the Light Fingers the following week,” Snowden said.
Dame Giselle won the Golden Gift and Reisling Stakes as a juvenile and returned in the spring to capture the first three legs of the prestigious Princess Series.
She just failed to become part of a select group of fillies to clean-sweep the four races when she finished fourth to Montefilia in the Flight Stakes.
Snowden says Dame Giselle appears to have returned equally as well, if not a bit stronger.
“She is going great. I think she is probably about the same but (Tommy Berry) says to him, she feels stronger,” Snowden said.
“She had such a good prep last time when she was only beaten once and that was when she stepped out to a mile.
“Anything up to 1200 to 1400 metres she is super competitive.”
The Snowdens are open to stretching Dame Giselle out slightly further and have pencilled in the Coolmore Classic (1500m) as a possible goal.
“If she does run in the Inglis race, the Light Fingers is the next week so she would miss that,” he said.
“She might go to the Millie Fox the week after and then we might start looking at a Coolmore path from there.
“We will take one step at a time and see how we go.”
Saturday’s Randwick meeting will feature the $2 million Inglis Millennium for which 32 juveniles remain in contention, headed by favourite Profiteer and unbeaten filly Sneaky Five.
Ole Kirk has been entered for the Group Three Eskimo Prince Stakes and the Inglis Sprint, both over 1200 metres, after being scratched from the Expressway Stakes on Saturday due to the wet track.
Stablemate and Golden Rose runner-up North Pacific is also in the mix for both races.