three-year-old Emily Margaret (Pins x Seven Schillings) will take another step towards the Gr.1
gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) when she tackles the Inglewood
Stud Guineas Trial (1400m) on her home track on Saturday.
Prepared by Kevin and
Pam Hughes, Emily Margaret was an impressive last start winner of the Listed Canterbury
Belle Stakes (1200m).
Her conditioners are
confident the filly, who was sold out of Trelawney Stud's 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock draft, will handle the step up in distance following back to back
wins over 1000m and 1200m respectively.
“She has improved a
little bit and tightened up with those couple of runs,” Kevin Hughes said.
“Hopefully she will
have tightened up enough now to go 1400m.”
Ridden on-speed by
apprentice Jasmine Fawcett when successful last start, senior rider Lisa
Allpress will take the reins on Saturday and will have a number of options from
“She doesn’t need to
be ridden on the pace,” Hughes said. “She could tuck herself in and she should
be able to finish off.
“It was a good effort
last start and she was strong late.”
Hughes was delighted
to be able to secure the services of Allpress, who rode four winners at
Waverley on Thursday, and said the decision to switch riders was no slight on
“Jasmine did a great
job, but I am pleased to have Lisa on and it was good to get such a top rider
given the clash with the Group One meeting at Hawke’s Bay.
“It is a pity it does
clash with the lead-up to our New Zealand Cup meeting and it is a bit awkward
because we are limited down here with what riders we have got.
“It looks a good field
but it is hard to know the quality of the opposition as it is still early in
the season,” Hughes said.
Emily Margaret is
rated a $3.10 second favourite behind the Jamie Richards-trained gelding Our
Flying Ace ($2.70), an impressive winner on debut at Wingatui last month. -NZ Racing Desk