Perignon was unable to figure late when fifth in her most recent start, but trainer Gerald Ryan is confident the step-up to a mile for Saturday’s Group 1 Flight Stakes at Royal Randwick will play directly into the strengths of the classy three-year-old.
Perignon has been a strong and largely consistent performer through her seven career starts for Ryan so far, and while returning this time for a close second behind Speak Fondly in the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) on September 5th, faded late in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) a fortnight ago.
Ryan is pleased with the condition of the three-year-old and is confident a step-up to 1600m will play into her strengths in the 2015 Flight Stakes.
“She’s as good as gold,” Ryan told AAP.
“At the time I thought she was disappointing.
“She loomed up as if she was going to win by two lengths and didn’t go on with it.
“They said she had a poor recovery rate but she’s fine now.”
Ryan revealed he will allow the filly’s performance in the 2015 Flight Stakes to determine whether or not she presses on to further Spring Carnival targets.
“First we have to see how she handles the 1600 metres. I’ve always thought she would but you don’t know till you try them,” Ryan added.
“But you used to be able to go from the Flight to the Thousand Guineas ten days later.
“Now they have the Guineas on the Saturday it’s too hard to back up a week later in Melbourne and there’s not that much around up here for her.
“Saturday will tell us what to do.”
Performing well through the early stages of her maiden preparation, Perignon clearly needed the run when seventh in her black type debut; the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) but returned to the paddock after running on for a close second in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) on March 14th.
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