Godolphin were supreme with their three-year-old fillies in the $200,000, Group 2 TAB Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday with Flit winning, Lyre second and Kiamichi third.
The Group 1 Thousand Guineas winner Flit under Hugh Bowman resumed for her new campaign with a dominate win by 1 3/4L over her stablemates setting her up for another Group 1 with the Surround Stakes (1400m) back at Randwick on February 29th.
Flit and Hugh Bowman with Kiamichi and Rachel King behind, picture Sportpix.com.au
The Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi under Rachel King went through to lead from barrier two with Sangria and Jason Collett in second and Flit and Bowman in third.
Entering the main straight Kiamichi still led at the 300m racing two out from the rails. Sangria was under pressure and Bowman sent Flit forward and crossed over behind Kiamichi to the outside and by the 200m they were leading and away.
The margin increased with every stride and behind Lyre (Lonhro) and Nash Rawiller came through for second over Kiamichi (Sidestep) and King third, the margin 1/2L. The $1.70 favourite Libertini was fourth.
The time was 1.10.17 on the Soft 7 track with the final 600m in 35.03. Flit paid $11.00 on fixed odds and $11.70 on the tote.
“She has always shown that (ability) but the blinkers certainly helped at this distance. She is proven at a mile and raced to her best in the Wakeful over 2000m. Everything she showed us prior to that we thought she would get that distance, so for her to perform over 1200m like she did this afternoon is very encouraging,” said Bowman.
“She has developed nicely in the time off and she has a very good prep ahead of her. The Surround has been elevated to a Group 1 in the last few years, this filly is already a Group 1 winner but she is going to be very well placed in that,” he said.
“The blinkers were on and she drew the inside gate and Hugh was just having her smoking inside the speed. She had got the penny dropping too and there is a lot of promise for the autumn about this filly and I think what you saw is what you got there today,” said trainer James Cummings.
Flit is by Medaglia d’Oro out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Glissade and this was her third win from eight starts. With three placings she has earned stakes in excess of the million mark at $1,034,290.
Light Fingers Stakes, photo finish picture ATC