Montefilia staked an early claim for Australian three-year-old filly of the year when claiming her second Group 1 in eight days winning the Spring Champion Stakes on Saturday.
The David Payne trained filly proved the superior stayer over the boys when powering home to claim the John O’Shea-trained Lion’s Roar inside the final 100m.
The track was rated a good (4) throughout the day the with the rail out six metres from the 1600m to the winning post – riders didn’t want much to do with the inside section out to about three horses off the rail in the home straight.
In saying that – it didn’t stop Emerald in the Angst Stakes.
There was no pace bias on the day – winners raced on speed and some came from as far back as last. She’s Ideel managed that feat in a 12 horse field.
STAR OF THE DAY – MONTEFILIA
A week is a long time in racing.
Eight days ago a winter Benchmark 72 Handicap was the biggest win for this David Payne-trained filly – now she goes to the paddock a two-time Group 1 winner after adding the Spring Champion Stakes to her win last week in the Flight Stakes.
She gave every impression last week she’d relish stepping up to 2000m and she didn’t disappoint.
Jockey Jason Collett had to wait for a run in the straight but when it opened she’s charged out after the leaders – hitting the front over the concluding stages.
A daughter of former star miler Kermadec, will most likely head off to the paddock for a spell to prepare for her autumn campaign where right now she’s the horse to beat in Group 1 races like the Vinery Stud Stakes and Australian Oaks.
(David Payne is SA born and trained here for many years)