By Ray Hickson
A gallop with talented stablemate Handspun has given the Godolphin camp confidence that promising filly Tailleur can live up to the hype that came out of her debut win when she steps up in grade at Randwick on Saturday.
While we are talking off season racing the task ahead of Tailleur is to make the leap from a Gosford maiden win, where she posted a four length winning margin, in January to the Grunt Standing At Yulong Handicap (1100m) which is a Benchmark 70 and one with some depth on paper.
Godolphin assistant trainer Darren Beadman left little doubt the three-year-old is held in high regard and that was confirmed by matching it with her more seasoned stablemate.
“There are horses with fitness on their side and more seasoned than her but the ability factor will hopefully kick in,’’ Beadman said.
“She galloped with Handspun and held her own with her and she’s been desperately unlucky in her two runs in town.
“Working with a more experienced horse, and to be able to go with a mare of that nature, gives you a good line on where the stable is at with her.’’
When it comes to recommending Tailleur, the $2.40 TAB favourite, many will look closely at her Hawkesbury barrier trial from June 15 where she split stablemates Varda and Roheryn, who have both resumed with impressive wins.
“She trialled very well the other day, she’s matured a lot physically since her last prep so that’s going to stand her in good stead,’’ Beadman said.
“This is the next bar she has to jump, city class, but the form out of that trial is very good.’’
As for Tailleur’s work mate Handspun, Beadman said the four-year-old is ready to win and hopes that can come in the Heineken 3 Handicap (1300m).
Handspun, $4.20 favourite with TAB, was held up for a good portion of the straight when third behind Monegal at Rosehill three weeks ago and her last 600m there of 35.09 (Punter’s Intelligence) could easily read a lot better.
That followed a first-up third behind Adelong where she ran the fastest last 200m of the day (11.61).
“It looks a perfect race for her,’’ Beadman said.
“She didn’t get out until the last 150m and the race was all over and done by then. She’s had two confidence building runs leading into this and hopefully she will come out on her toes and ready for the race.’’
Godolphin opens the Randwick card with two-year-old filly Radiance in the Newhaven Park Handicap (1300m), she was a beaten odds-on favourite on debut at Warwick Farm.
Best Stone wins a trial at Canterbury on May 29
Beadman said there were excuses on that day and jockey James McDonald suggested the very heavy ground wasn’t all to her liking, she steps up in trip and drops 4kg for Kathy O’Hara.
Since that race he said trainer James Cummings sent Radiance, $18 with TAB, on a float trip to Osborne Park to gallop on the grass and improvement is expected of her.
“A lot didn’t go her way, she stepped away a bit slow and she was probably on the worst part of the track that day,’’ he said.
“She did a lot wrong but her run was a pass mark given what eventuated in the race. Hopefully she can get into a lot better rhythm than last start.’’
Meanwhile, Beadman said Godolphin’s star sprinter Bivouac is coming along well in preparation for the spring, where he holds the third line of betting at $9 in the TAB Everest, and should be stepping things up shortly.