Miss just absolutely Fabulass in Tea Rose triumph
MISS Fabulass got a head start in life with her sire being the great Frankel and her dam the former champion filly Samantha Miss, although breeding only counts for so much on the racetrack.
On the evidence of Miss Fabulass’ Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) win at Randwick yesterday, she might be something special herself.
Trainer Kris Lees maintains Samantha Miss is the best horse he has trained. She won the 2008 Tea Rose Stakes during her clean sweep of the Princess Series, culminating with her Flight Stakes triumph.
Lees took particular satisfaction a decade later training a daughter of Samantha Miss to win the Tea Rose Stakes.
“I am deeply honoured that (owner-breeder) John Singleton gave me the opportunity to train Miss Fabulass, being by Frankel out of my favourite horse and we are slowly repaying him,’’ Lees said.
Miss Fabulass ($9) burst through near the rails and sprinted clear to win by one and a half lengths from Fiesta ($5) with Pretty In Pink ($4.50) nearly a length away third.
Lees said a change of riding tactics resulted in Miss Fabulass returning to her winning form after the filly disappointed when unplaced in the Furious Stakes.
“She was ridden quieter at her first race start due to a wide gate and we discussed it with Kerrin after the recent run when she put herself on the pace and we felt she would be better quieter,’’ Lees said.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy said of Miss Fabulass: “She is still learning her trade but once I asked her she was there for me and picked up really well.’’
Queenslander Outback Barbie ran on to finish seventh, but was never a winning hope.
SIEGE Of Quebec and Pierata proved they are on target for the Epsom Handicap when they fought out the finish of the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m).
Siege Of Quebec ($4.40) bounced back from his flop at Rosehill a week earlier to edge out Pierata ($2.90 favourite), with early leader Music Magnate ($14) a further length and a quarter away in third.
“I don’t think I’ve ever walked off a racecourse so disappointed as I was after Rosehill last Saturday,’’ said Adrian Bott, co-trainer of Siege Of Quebec.
“We honestly felt very confident in Siege Of Quebec on what he’d shown us on the track but unfortunately we had to put it behind us because the heavy track wasn’t to his liking.”
RANDWICK DASH: Miss Fabulass (left) bursts through a gap on the filly’s way to winning the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) yesterday.