2016 Flight Stakes the Target for Omei Sword

August 2nd, 2016

Trainer Chris Waller has revealed that talented filly Omei Sword will be set on a course towards the 2016 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick, when she returns to racing during the forthcoming Spring Carnival.

Omei Sword has only made three competitive appearances at the races since debuting in late February, but Waller is confident the filly is more than up of the class of the best in her age group leading into the Spring Carnival.

Underlining Saturday’s Listed The Rosebud (1100m) at Royal Randwick as a likely Launchpad, Waller told AAP he is pleased with the daughter of High Chapparal ahead of her 2016 Flight Stakes campaign.

“She’s ready to go to the races now,” Waller said.

“I’ll look at the field and if I think it’s weaker than it could have been, she could run.

“She has come on since the autumn. She has had two trials and I’m happy with her.

“It’s a question of working out the best program heading to the Flight Stakes.”

Trialling well in the lead-up to her competitive debut, Omei Sword immediately stamped herself as a filly to follow with a dominant performance for success in the Peter Svendsen Maiden (1100m) at Rosehill on February 24th.

Rated a good chance in her black type debut second-up on March 12th, the filly out of Irish Lights was settled within the field of the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) before producing an impressive kick late to finish a close second behind Calliope.

Continually firming in betting markets for the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) in what was her only other competitive start to date, Omei Sword failed to make anything of an impression and was returned to the paddock after finishing ninth.

Omei Sword has steadily built to the task leading into her Spring Carnival campaign, having completed two strong barrier trials.

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