Class a factor for Fillydelphia

Bianconi mare Fillydelphia surprised trainer Rob Heathcote with the ease of her victory in the Perfect Italiano Hcp (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday.

Fillydelphia (4m Bianconi – Edel Vanessa by Encosta De Lago) looked vulnerable in a sprint well short of her pet trip but she was a class above her rivals.  The mare gave Jim Byrne an armchair ride after accelerating to the front at the furlong.

“She’s more effective over 1600 metres,” Heathcote said.  “I could have taken her to Melbourne with Woorim and Buffering but I thought she would be better suited staying home.”

Brisbane’s premier trainer will set Fillydelphia for the LR Brisbane Handicap (1600m) at Eagle Farm on November 19 followed by the LR Recognition Stakes (1600m) at Eagle Farm on December 3 and the LR Bernborough Handicap (1615m) at Doomben on December 31.

Fillydelphia was a G3 winner of the Rough Habit Plate (2020m) at Doomben in May before signing off with an unplaced run in the G1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm in June.

She is likely to be rested after her summer campaign to prepare for another Brisbane winter assault.  “I doubt she’ll go to Sydney next year,” Heathcote said.  “She’s only a four-year-old so she has plenty of racing in her before going to stud.

Bianconi stands at Swettenham Stud for an advertised fee of $8,500 (inc gst).