NZ challenge in Good hands

Melbourne based filly You’re So Good will join a strong (NZ) challenge for the G1 Vinery Stakes – G1 Australian Oaks double in Sydney next month.

Trainer Nigel Blackiston was already looking ahead to the Sydney autumn carnival after his filly scored a front-running victory in the LR Alexandra Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night.  “She deserves a chance at a Group 1,” he said.  “Being able to relax in the lead will be a major asset as the races get longer.”

The Vinery Stakes (2000m) is scheduled for April 6 and the Australian Oaks (2400m) for April 22.

You’re So Good (3f Savabeel – Lightning Spur by Flying Spur) won on debut at Moonee Valley in December and returned this year for close seconds in the G3 Vanity Stakes and G1 Australian Guineas at Flemington.

The Kiwi contingent will be well represented in the Vinery Stakes and Australian Oaks with last-start G1 NZ Derby winner Habibi (Ekraar) leading the charge.  “I gave You’re So Good a gallop working right-handed on the grass last week and she handled it easily enough,” Blackiston revealed.  “She has eaten up, looks terrific and couldn’t be in any better physical shape.”

You’re So Good (NZ) was bred by Celia Crawshaw and was purchased by Spicer Thoroughbreds and Sheamus Mills Bloodstock from Waikato Stud at NZ Bloodstock’s 2011 Karaka Premier Sale for $80,000.

She is the 24th stakes winner by Savabeel who stands at Waikato Stud.  Her dam Lightning Spur is a three-quarter sister to Group 1 winning sprinter Melito (Redoute’s Choice).

– Karl Patterson