Flemington Sportsbet fixed odds: Caulfield Cup $15, Cox Plate $23, Melbourne Cup $34
Form Summary: 21 starts, 5-7-1, $1,568,245 million prize money
Distance range of career wins: 1400-2400
Key form line races: Won 2014 Group 1 AJC Oaks, 2nd in 2014 Group 1 Caulfield Cup, 2nd in 2015 Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes
She looked to have the 2014 Caulfield Cup shot to pieces until Admire Rakti charged home late – can she go one better in 2015?
Her racing career commenced as a three-year-old with a lengthy preparation that ran from October 2013 to April 2014, spanning 10 races across New Zealand and Australia.
After winning a maiden at her third start and Listed race over 1500 metres at her fourth start, she then ran third in the Group 2 Eight Carat Stakes at Ellerslie. She then stepped up to middle distance events, defeating Lucia Valentina over 2000 metres in the Group 2 NZB Royal Stakes and running second to Puccini in both the Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100 metres) and Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400 metres).
Travelling to Sydney for the latter stages of the autumn carnival, she ran fourth to Lucia Valentina in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Classic (2000 metres) but was too tough for that same filly in the Group 1 ATC Oaks over 2400 metres.
Her four-year-old spring campaign failed to produce a victory from five races. However, a gem of a ride from James McDonald appeared to have won her the Group 1 Caulfield Cup until she was swamped by Admire Rakti in the latter stages. She was also unlucky not to win the Group 3 Craven Plate, being edged out by Moriarty.
In the summer and autumn of 2015 she raced only three times for a win over 1500 metres, a second placing in the Group 1 New Zealand Stakes (2000 metres) and a second placing in the Group 3 Eopna Stakes (1900 metres).
Thus far in the 2015 spring – now in the stable of David Hayes and Tom Dabernig – she ran sixth in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes before an unlucky second to Fawkner in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes and a ‘forgive’ run in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes.
Her three career runs to date at 2400 metres have resulted in a win and two second placings, all at Group 1 level. On that form alone, she has to be considered a serious player in the Caulfield Cup.