Fidelia earns Group 1 shot

The picket fence grew larger as did the spring ambitions for the connections of filly Fidelia, who made it four city wins in a row with a rousing last-to-first victory at Flemington on Saturday.

After scoring an ultimately soft win on the line at the odds of $2.25 favourite, a delighted trainer Robbie Griffiths outlined bold spring plans for the rising four-year-old, which include a shot at a Group 1.

"It was a task today with a seven-day back-up off a peak run and carrying a lot of weight against the boys so she’s done a big job to do what she’s done,’’ the Cranbourne trainer said.

"The (spring) target race is the Empire Rose here – the Group 1 mile – so the plan is to run in the Cockram (Stakes) in August into three Flemington runs, the Let’s Elope, the Blazer and then the big one being the Empire Rose.’’

Ridden patiently by the in-form Jye McNeil, Fidelia settled last of 10 runners in the slowly-run race but found her top speed out wide as she ran clear to win by half a length over Adversary ($7.50) with three quarters of a length to the early leader Titan Blinders ($18) in third place.

Griffiths said Fidelia had always shown above average ability and said only immaturity stopped him from putting her on a Thousand Guineas campaign last spring

Griffiths said Fidelia would go to the spelling paddock for four weeks with a fine record of nine starts for five wins and $290,000 in stakes.

Fidelia's victory came on National Jockeys Trust raceday which saw jockeys wear black armbands in memory of jockey Norman Waymouth who died during the week.

Fidelia and Jye O'Neil, picture