HONEY’S SWEET FOR G1 MIS­SION

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATT JONES

ONE More Honey has only won twice from seven star ts ahead of Satur­day’s Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Royal Rand­wick, but she’s al­ways raced the high­est level.

All that fin­ish­ing three leng ths be­hind Al­izee in the Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) a for tnight ago did was en­sure she’d fly un­der the radar ahead of grand fi­nal day.

Al­izee is the $3 favourite for the race ahead of Golden Rose run­ner-up Cham­pagne Cud­dles, but at $8 One More Honey is the value run­ner of the field.

In Tea Rose Stakes she was held up by a tir­ing Acque (who fin­ished last) as she was about to un­leash her sprint at the 250m.

By the time she got clear run­ning Al­izee was off and gone.

Jockey Blake Shinn is qui­etly con­fi­dent of spring­ing an up­set for trainer John Thomp­son, who he com­bined with to win the same race on First Seal in 2014.

“The mile is go­ing to suit her and I think she’s got a lit­tle bit of qual­ity about her judg­ing on her last per for­mance,” Shinn said.

“John Thomp­son and I won the Flight on First Seal. She’s prob­a­bly not as good as her but this is an open race and I think she’s a great chance.”

Shinn said One More Honey hasn’t yet got near her best dis­tance and will prove hard to hold out de­spite the fact the three who fin­ished in front of her last star t are in the race.

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