‘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.”

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