Sweet spot at Flemington

Swettenham Stud graduate Sweet Sherry is back with a bang for the spring carnival following a runaway trial win at Flemington.

The Bel Esprit 3yo had been kept comfy by Damien Oliver in a hit-out down the straight last week but exploded to a 6 length victory when cornering around the inside grass on Friday morning.

Sweet Sherry hasn’t raced since a brave run in the G1 Golden Slipper Stakes in March.  She gave a tremendous kick in front at Rosehill and was only nailed in the closing stages to finish seventh.

Former trainer Brent Stanley jumped Sweet Sherry out of the blocks at last year’s spring carnival and was rewarded with a Listed win in the Maribyrnong Trial (1000m) at Flemington.  Already a big, strong filly as a 2yo, she put on 60kg while out spelling.

Following Stanley’s suspension for the remainder of 2016, owner Steve Gillard sent her across the road to fellow Sutton Grange trainer Paul Banks.  Before long, it was agreed the filly would benefit from a busier environment with Leon and Troy Corstens at Flemington.

“I’ve been very happy since she arrived here,” Troy said this week.  “She’s a no mess, no fuss filly and she’s got a winning attitude.  She eats up and is furnishing into a lovely three year-old.”

Swettenham Stud’s Adam Sangster sold Sweet Sherry for $260,000 at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier on behalf of breeder Steve Lester.  Her older half-sister Arinosa kept progressing with maturity and graduated to Group 2 victories in the Premiere Stakes and Sapphire Stakes at Randwick.

Sweet Sherry will start first-up in the G3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on August 13 or she could be reserved for the following week at Moonee Valley.