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All eyes on Angel at Geelong


Angel might be closely-related to one of the most precious fillies of the 21st century, but don’t expect to see a Miracles of Life clone when she steps out for the first time at Geelong on Thursday.

The Lindsay Park filly is a daughter of Fastnet Rock and Dazzling Gazelle, which makes her a half-sister to the 2013 Blue Diamond winner, but co-trainer Tom Dabernig said she shapes as a different product to Miracles of Life, who was by Not A Single Doubt.

“She’s done everything right at home and her jumpouts have been quite good,” Dabernig said.

“I think 1100 (metres) is a nice distance to kick her off at, Mark Zahra to ride and I’m sure she’ll be very competitive.

“But whatever she does she’ll continue to improve, like most Fastnet Rocks do.”

Angel, who cost $1.2 million at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, will step out in the Ribblesdale The Black Type Stud 2YO Fillies Maiden Plate (1118m) that kicks off the Geelong program at 1.30pm.

Her grounding has included three official trials, the first a 2.5-length third to Tony McEvoy’s Magic Millions contender Sunlight at Cranbourne and a three-quarters-of-a-length second placing to Love Lucille at Tatura on December 11.

“Miracles Of Life obviously had brilliant speed, this filly’s got nice speed, but I think she’ll come into her own once she gets over a little bit further.

“But I’d be hoping that she’s right around the money tomorrow.”
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