By Brad Gray
At Rosehill Gardens
It might be the last time we see Unforgotten this preparation but it’s certainly not the last time you’ll hear of this talented filly who displayed her now trademark sprint to make it three from three this time in, winning the Schweppes Handicap (1500m).
The Fastnet Rock filly paraded like an old gelding, dropping her head and sauntering around the Rosehill Gardens mounting yard. She subsequently didn’t produce much of a sweat putting her rivals away minutes later either, confirming not only Chris Waller’s opinion of her but also the punters who backed her into $1.50 at the jump with TAB Fixed Odds.
According to Punters' Intel, Unforgotten ran slick closing splits for 10.80s and 11.21s, stopping the clock at 33.17s for her last 600m.
Unforgotten winning again
“She was giving away weight to the boys but I thought his win was very impressive,” said Waller.
“We’ll give her a very short break and bring her back for the autumn. I don’t know what races we’ll target yet but we’ll take her through the naturally progression of 1400m to a mile and see what happens from there. That’s why I wanted to back her up – so I could get her out.”
“She’ll get a distance and has the perfect cross of Fastnet Rock and Galileo. You hear Aidan O’Brien and Coolmore talk about it all the time and it is just a dominant cross. She has got it in reverse but we’ll see it come out later.”
The filly, who Waller has always held in high regard, was beaten in her first two starts last campaign but had no luck on debut at Kembla Grange behind Assimilate before running second to subsequent two-time Group One winner Ace High, again at Kembla Grange.
“We thought that much of her that we sent her to Brisbane to have a short break and pre-train her up there to help speed everything up,” Waller said.
That's three from three this time in for Unforgotten. Good filly!
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Jay Ford, who also rode her last Saturday, gave a glowing report of Unforgotten declaring that she’ll have no trouble taking the next step.
“She is class and showed that today. The step up in trip was a real positive for her and they didn’t go as quick as they did last week which I think actually helped her because she was able to travel for longer and get into a nice rhythm,” Ford reported.
“I just kept her out of trouble and was confident a long way out. I gave her her head and she hit the front as she pleased. She has got a lot of ability and it’s going to take her a fair away.
“(I shook her up at the 600m) to get her mind on the job. I think that’s the beauty of her – she puts herself to sleep. I wouldn’t be surprised if in another six to twelve months she ends up over 10 furlongs, that’s the sort of feel she gives you. She has got a terrific turn of foot and it’s pretty exciting going forward for a horse like that. She’ll fly through the grades.”