The Sportsman Weekend

ANDRETTI SET TO LIVE UP TO HER PEDIGREE

- SHAYNE O’CASS

HALL Of Famer Ron Quinton has been around long enough to know that ‘booms’ count for little once the barriers crash back.

Enter Libertini’s little sister De An Andretti who will be asked to make a quantum leap from a provincial maiden to a Group 2 in this weekend’s Furious Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick.

“It’s easy to get a big boom on them and for a horse only winning a two-yearold maiden at Hawkesbury, the boom on her, plus the interest in her, it’s mind boggling really that she has got such a following already,” Quinton said.

Quinton resisted the temptation to keep the Gerry Harvey-owned and bred filly going after her stunning debut win in mid-April but elected to set her aside with a view to the spring.

De An Andretti heads into her weekend acid-test in spectacula­rly good shape winning back-to-back trials at Randwick last month.

“Let’s be fair, trials can be misleading but she’s done everything right,” Quinton told Sportsman.

“Her win was pretty outstandin­g and I am very happy with how she has trained on. She is a quality filly.

“If a (good race) win isn’t on Saturday, I am sure it will be in the future.

“The inexperien­ce will be against her a bit but you know if they are going to be really good, nine times out of ten, they can overcome that.”

Quinton and Harvey have already used up a large portion of their ‘luck’ with De An Andretti’s mere presence in the Furious something of a minor miracle.

The daughter of I Am Invincible and Coolmore Classic winner Aloha was the last of the 25 fillies nominated for

second leg of the Princess Series before acceptance­s were released on Wednesday.

“I thought she was a hundred to one of getting a run, anyway she did, and she’s drawn good barrier so we are all very happy she got in.

“Let’s hope that luck continues on Saturday.”

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