Darley’s homebred filly Languish was overshadowed by her champion stablemate Sepoy at the Cranbourne trials on Monday but she could become a star in her own right at the spring carnival.
Languish (2f Exceed And Excel – Lovelorn by Grand Lodge) blitzed a field of babies in an 800m hit-out clocking 47.14s. The chestnut is trained by Anthony Freedman for Sheikh Mohammed and she won by five lengths from Lindsay Park filly Kazanjian (Red Ransom).
Languish is a daughter of G1 VRC Oaks winner Lovelorn and is a younger half-sister to Sydney sprinter Bereft (Lonhro).
Darley shuttler Exceed And Excel also sired Holy Right to win the colts’ division among the early-season juvenile trialists.
Holy Right (2c Exceed And Excel – Divine Right by Observatory) is trained by John McArdle for Pinecliff Racing’s Jonathon Munz. He defeated the Freedman trained colt Magnuficent (Magnus).
Holy Right is from Goodwood winner Divine Right. The British bred mare is out of a sister to the dam of Sharkbite who was a stakes winner for Munz before retiring to stud.
The first juvenile event of the season in Victoria is the LR Maribyrnong Trial Stakes at Flemington on Sunday, October 2.
Meanwhile, Sepoy warmed up for his next assignment in the Manikato Stakes with a electrifying trial over 800m at Cranbourne. He won by more then two lengths untouched, zooming over 800m in 44.9s. “I am really happy with him,” trainer Peter Snowden said. “It’s the best he’s ever looked.”
The G1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) will be run under lights at Moonee Valley on Friday week, September 30.