It will be a mad dash down the highway to Kembla Grange after school for a couple of owners of Faraway Town this afternoon.
The Matthew Smith-trained Group 1 placegetter looks for a first Black Type win in the Group 3 Arrowfield Kembla Grange Classic, which has been a target of the preparation.
Left: Faraway Town - ready to run a big race at Kembla Grange today. Image by - Bradley Photographers
“The girls are so excited because we have aimed at this race with her and she gets there in great form,” managing owner, Christine Cook said.
“She has been a great little filly to us without really winning anything but she has given us some big thrills, like winning the Magic Millions ladies bonus and running third in the Sires and fourth in the Champagne Stakes.
“Two of the owners are school teachers in the Shire and were waiting to see what time the race was on to see if they can make. When it was 4.25pm they were delighted, so when the bell goes at school they will be as keen as the kids to go home.”
Faraway Town has only won once in 13 starts with bonus has won more than $500,000 in prizemoney. But racing is about winning and after running second to Invincible Gem in the Spring Stakes last start, the Kembla Grange Classic was the logical next step.
“Matt thinks she is at her best at the mile and beyond and said this was the race we would go to after Randwick to find out if we have an Oaks filly,” Cook said. “It is exciting for all of us because you don’t think you are going to be racing in races like this.”
The Gai Waterhouse-trained Hussterical and Bjorn Baker's Lubiton are equal Classic favourites at $3.50, just in front of Dawn Wall ($4.20) with Faraway Town around the $8 mark in betting.