Leading trainer Ciaron Maher suggested The Everest is on the agenda for his classy mare Snapdancer, after her all-the-way win in the $1 million Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
Jockey Ethan Brown made the first Group 1 of the Victorian season a one-act affair, controlling the race from the front and kicking strongly in the straight to hold off a hard-charging I’m Thunderstruck. Cascadian was back in third, beaten two lengths.
Snapdancer’s ($7.50) connections, led by syndicator Brad Spicer, are now actively pursuing a slot in The Everest, the $15 million sprint at Royal Randwick in October.
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“Maybe The Everest is an option, but she seems to be really dominant at 1400m, she has a high cruising speed,’’ Maher told Racing.com.
“I think she still is developing, so the sky’s the limit.”
Brown said: “She is taking me on the ride of my life, she’s so easy to ride.”
Channel 7 racing commentator Lizzie Jelfs praised Maher and his training partner David Eustace.
“A perfect training performance, a perfect ride, and how can you ever doubt this team?” Jelfs said.
The Memsie is the first victory at Group 1 level for the six-year-old daughter of Choisir, who now has six wins from 19 starts.
Race favourite Alligator Blood ($5) had no luck from the inside barrier, finishing seventh, just under five lengths from the winner.