‘No real test’ for Flit as Cox Plate beckons
A COX Plate tilt will be considered for three-year-old Flit after her thrilling win by the barest margin yesterday.
The James Cummingstrained Flit started $2.35 favourite in the 1600m feature for three-year-old fillies but champion jockey Hugh Bowman had to pull out all stops to get home in a three-way finish.
Powering through between runners late, Flit got her head down at the right time to beat Missile Mantra ($8.50) by a nose with that pair chasing down Southbank ($17), who looked the winner 100m out but was collared in the final strides.
Flit is the only filly among the 35 remaining entries for the $5 million weight- for-age Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley in two weeks in which she would carry 47.5kg.
“We’ve got that decision to make,” Cummings said.
“We can let the dust settle on today. We have to enjoy the win and a target that has well and truly been pulled off.
“To come here and win a Group 1 with such little winning experience says a lot about her future.’’
Bowman believes the pace yesterday was against Flit, who he said was flat-footed when the sprint went on before picking up strongly late.
“She’s a quality filly and it wasn’t a real test today,” Bowman said. “It was just a sprint home so I don’t think we saw the best of her.
“I think if it was a genuinely run event, she would have won more comfortably.”
Missile Mantra’s co-trainer Peter Snowden felt deflated.
“For her to run so well and get beaten, it’s just disappointing,” he said.
“But you can’t be disappointed with the run. She ran absolutely enormous.
“It’s just so gut-wrenching to get beaten that much.
“I’d sooner get beaten two or three lengths than half an inch.”