FOLLOWING a Southern Hemisphere record in last Saturday’s Group 2 Simpson Memorial there’s plenty of buzz building for the fillies equivalent, the $50,000 Raith Memorial (1,609 metres), coming up at Menangle.
Georges Plains trainer Bernie Hewitt will line up his Breeders Challenge Blue champion Write About Lexy from gate seven against a who’s who of leading NSW fillies.
To her outside will sit reigning Bathurst Gold Tiara champion Major Kiss (David Jack), Breeders Crown finalist Miss Streisand (Roy Roots Jnr) and in-form Breeders Challenge finalist Rolln With Holly (Blake Fitzpatrick).
Pink Bonnet winner Platnium Revolution (Shane and Lauren Tritton) and APG 2YO Fillies champion Soho Nolita (Michael Stanley) add to a race overflowing with talent.
Write About Lexy recovered well from a check on Shirley Turnbull Memorial night to run second behind stablemate Sports Story.
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Hewitt liked the way his filly pulled up from the unlucky run.
“She got checked just after she came out for a run. I was really pleased with her effort and she’s put on a bit of weight since and looks really good. She’s not without a chance but there’s a lot of form in the race,” Hewitt said.
“The NSW Oaks is coming up before the Bracelet in February and a lot of these horses will be aimed at that.
“It would have been nice to draw in a little bit closer but in saying that there’s three nice runners outside her. I’m expecting her to be around that midfield area.”
Hewitt said Muscle Factory’s sub-1:50 mile rate Simpson Memorial win was something spectacular, and wouldn’t be surprised to see another speedy event in the ladies’ edition.
“I think the style of racing will suit her at Menangle, especially if they run it solidly, because she’s not a horse you have to hide,” he said.
“We saw what happened last week in the three-year-old colts and geldings equivalent. They’ve gone out and run a 1:49, which is unheard of, and I’m expecting these fillies to also turn it on – maybe around that 1:51 to 1:52 area.”
Doug Hewitt will have his first drive on Write About Lexy.
Meanwhile the Graham Bullock-owned Inter Dominion Trotting Championship finalist Red Hot Tooth chases Group 3 success in the George Gath (2,190m) at Shepparton.
The Kari Males-trained mare was an impressive third last start behind Inter Dominion champion Tornado Valley in the Group 1 Maori Mile at Bendigo.