Lily’s tac­tics Crys­tal clear

Golden Slip­per win­ner will take the fight to champ in Group One re­match

Townsville Bulletin - - The Form -

C O - T R A I N E R S Ma t h e w Ellerton and Si­mon Zahra will per­sist with jump-an­drun tac­tics with Crys­tal Lily in an­other show­down with u n b e a t e n m a r e B l a c k Caviar in tonight’s Group One Wil­liam Reid Stakes at Moonee Val­ley.

The reign­ing Golden Slip­per win­ner pro­duced one of her ca­reer high­lights when adopt­ing the high-rolling rac­ing style when she fin­ished sec­ond to the world’s high­est-rated sprinter in the Group One New­mar­ket Hcp ( 1200m) last start at Flem­ing­ton.

And the sta­ble is hopeful that with im­proved fit­ness she can make more of a race of it tonight.

‘ ‘ Last start ev­ery­thing went to plan and the last 100 me­tres was prob­a­bly the best part of her race,’’ Zahra said.

‘‘ She re­ally hit the line strongly and had a good blow af­ter­wards.

‘‘ She has come

through the race re­ally well and im­proved a bit.’’

The sta­ble be­lieved that it had erred with a more pas­sive ap­proach with Crys­tal Lily at her pre­vi­ous start when she stalked Black Caviar in the Group One Light­ning Stakes ( 1000m) at Flem­ing­ton and fin­ished fifth.

Stephen Baster rode the three-year-old filly in the New­mar­ket and has re­tained the mount at the Val­ley.

Zahra said Crys­tal Lily could have run in the Group One Sport­ing­bet Clas­sic against fil­lies and mares in Ade­laide t omor­row, but staying home for the 1200m Wil­liam Reid was a bet­ter op­tion with a view to head­ing to Syd­ney next month.

‘‘ We don’t want to be trav­el­ling over there ( Ade­laide) and back, and then up to Syd­ney,’’ Zahra said.

‘ ‘ We a r e n o t r u n n i n g s c a r e d o f h e r ( B l a c k Caviar).

‘‘ We are all prob­a­bly run­ning for sec­ond again but you never know, she ( Black Caviar) might find trou­ble around the Val­ley.’’

Mean­while, trainer Peter Moody does not en­vis­age any prob­lems with Black Caviar mak­ing it 11 straight wins un­der the weight-fora g e c o n d i t i o n s o f t h e $ 500,000 Wil­liam Reid.

And he in­tends to stick to his plans to take her to Syd­ney by road for the $ 1 mil­lion TJ Smith Stakes ( 1200m) at Rand­wick on April 9.

Af­ter that she would re­turn to Mel­bourne be­fore be­ing flown to Bris­bane for two races, the BTC Cup ( 1200m) at Doomben on May 14 and the Doomben 10,000 ( 1350m) on May 28.

How­ever, Moody poured cold wa­ter on the idea of meet­ing More Joy­ous in the All-Aged Stakes ( 1400m) at Rand­wick on April 23 as he said the race had never been on her pro­gram.

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