Cellargirl could be bound for Sydney and a Group 1 assignment in the Golden Rose after an eye-catching victory in Brisbane on Wednesday.
Trainer Kelly Schweida wouldn’t discount a shot at the million-dollar race on the strength of her three-length win in the Bundaberg Rum Hcp (1050m) at Doomben. The More Than Ready filly was spotting the leaders the best part of a dozen lengths before storming home to score running away.
Cellargirl (3f More Than Ready – Vintage Blend by Cape Cross) was a last-start winner of the Lancaster Stakes-LR at Doomben, however, a leg injury had kept her on the sidelines since June.
“I was worried at the 600 metres – I thought she would have been a lot closer,” Schweida conceded. “All credit to Jag (Guthmann-Chester). He didn’t panic because we knew she would finish hard.
“The Golden Rose is in another league but today is the first step towards a trip south.”
Cellargirl cost Star Thoroughbreds manager Denise Martin $90,000 from Vinery at last year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions. She’s a younger half-sister to Wintergarden Stakes-LR winner Cellarman (Mossman) and hails from the family of champion filly Triscay (Marscay).
Last week’s Saratoga Special-Gr.2 winner Copper Bullet is another Group 1 prospect for More Than Ready.
Leading USA analyst Ed DaRosa has elevated Copper Bullet to the top of his poll for the 2018 Kentucky Derby on May 5. The Steve Asmussen-trained colt is the only male to register at least a 94 Brisnet Speed Rating and a 120 Class Rating this year.
Copper Bullet is being set for the Iroquois Stakes-Gr.3 at Churchill Downs on September 16. It’s the first opportunity to earn qualifying points towards the 2018 Kentucky Derby-Gr.1 and the winner will also earn an automatic entry to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-Gr.1 (1700m) at Del Mar in November.