By Tony Megahey
A Rosehill Gardens Group Three placing confirmed Fickle Folly’s status as one of the most exciting sprinters in the country ranks, and trainer Sue Grills elected to miss a recent city TAB Highway for a tougher open sprint on her home track Tamworth on Tuesday.
The flying filly, city bound again, has been allocated 55.5kg, a kilogram above the limit against seasoned campaigners in a $20,000 FSDP Winter Dash (1000m), after being allocated a daunting 61.5kg when Sue nominated for a recent Royal Randwick TAB Highway. Fickle Folly gave a brilliant exhibition of front running to win a Rosehill Gardens 1100m TAB Highway in mid-February with 56.5 kg, and then ran third there to the Snowden’s classy mare Artistry in the McCarten Group Three.
“I wasn’t going to overtax a three-year-old filly second up with that weight against older horses, as we’ve set her for a race at Rosehill on the 17th,” Grills said.
“She’ll need this hit out but I’m really happy with her, she’s done everything right; worked really well, but open sprints up here are always really strong, there’s several city winners in it.”
Jane Clement’s Darciwood has won twice at Royal Randwick, Kris Lees’ Raido, successful at Doomben and Canterbury, Steve Hodge’s Grand Condor has won at Warwick Farm and Canterbury, Justin McIntosh’s In A Wink, a Canterbury winner, and twice placed at Randwick.
“She led that Highway, but it was a class 2, I’m not expecting her to lead experienced open company sprinters. We’ll look for a sit.”
Prolific regional jockey Matthew Paget rides Fickle Folly for the first time after Tommy Berry and Christian Reith rode her in previous Sydney assignments.