The 1800m Silver Slipper (L) is one of the two features at Borrowdale Park on Sunday – and the question is can anyone beat Lily Blue?
The trip is unlikely to be a problem because on November 30 she won the 1800m ZNA Charity Champion Fillies Stakes, and several older and wiser, good performers, finished behind her. Since then Lily Blue has won the Fillies Classic, the first leg of the Triple Tiara, and the Zimbabwe Guineas.
Bridget Stidolph has a strong hand because apart from Lily Blue she also fields Prescott who always finishes in the money. This consistent filly finished second in the Fillies Classic and third in the Guineas. Prescott has yet to go further than the mile.
Lil Miss Gee, a daughter of Gimmethegreenlight (AUS), represents the Terzi satellite yard, Vee Racing. She won over 1700m in January, was third in the 1600m Guineas Trial, and most recently third to Grand Rapids in a 1600m Novice Plate. This yard is currently riding high. Can Lil Miss Gee put her best hoof forward?
Thomas Mason of Tomcat Racing throws a dark horse, Centre Stage, into the mix. Ex Michael Miller, this will be her first start at Borrowdale. Still a maiden, she is by Oratorio (IRE) out of a Jet Master mare. Centre Stage has run several seconds from 1400 to 1600m, and in August, at Greyville, was 2.85 lengths off the winner, Vijeta, over 2000m. Her last start was on 10 January, at Greyville.
All the runners carry 58 kgs.