Kavanagh goes forward with Casquets

Casquets has put her name forward as a possible contender for the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes with a smart win in the Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) at Flemington.

Mark Kavanagh’s exciting two-year-old filly had been placed on debut at Moonee Valley earlier this month and she didn’t have any issues with the step up in class to Listed level on Saturday.

Casquets (2f Fastnet Rock – Suitely by Woodman) was always prominent under jockey Stephen Baster and got the better of Annenberg (Artie Schiller) in a tight finish to win by a long head.  “There’s a sense of timing with her right now,” Kavanagh said.  “We will see how she does over the weekend and work out whether we send her to the paddock or whether we go forward.

“There’s certainly improvement in her and I don’t think the back-up to the Blue Diamond this Saturday will be too much of a problem.”

Casquets is the 41st stakes winner for Coolmore sire Fastnet Rock.  She was bred by Raffles Dancers in New Zealand and they also race this season’s Group 1 NZ 2000 Guineas winner Sacred Falls.  British based bloodstock agent Anthony Penfold bought her for $570,000 from Curraghmore Stud at NZB’s 2012 Karaka Premier Sale.

Penfold also purchased the filly’s half-brother by High Chaparral from Curraghmore Stud at this year’s Karaka Premier Sale for $310,000.