TRAINER Dan Morton says to win the WA Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) at Ascot tomorrow his filly Snickerdoodledandy will need to hold the form she has shown lately.
Heading into the race, Snickerdoodledandy who is owned by Sue Olive from Gold Front Thoroughbreds in Breera, is the favourite with her stablemate Kissonallforcheeks also trained by Morton the third favourite.
The Grant and Alana Williams-trained Magical Dream is the second favourite.
Morton said he felt Snickerdoodledandy had held her form and he could not see any negatives for her in the race.
To be ridden by jockey Chris Parnham Snickerdoodledandy has drawn barrier three while her stablemate has gate two with Magical Dream to start from barrier 11.
But Morton said as well as Kissonallforcheeks there were a few challenges to Snickerdoodledandy including Magical Dream, Solaia and Eliminate.
He said he never went into a race thinking it would be a pushover and tomorrow there would also be a rain-affected track.
During the week he said he was looking forward to his fillies getting over 1600m.
“They are both bred to get further and they’ve been finishing their races off really good so think they will appreciate the longer distance,’’ he said.
He said there is not much difference in their racing patterns though Kissonallforcheeks has been landing closer to the front runners.
In the Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m) Snickerdoodledandy started from barrier four while Kissonallforcheeks jumped from barrier 11 but by the 800m Kissonallforcheeks was travelling in fourth place while Snickerdoodledandy was in 10th spot before charging home to beat her stablemate and Magical Dream who finished second and third respectively.
He said Snickerdoodledandy had been tardy out of the barriers in the Burgess Queen so it was probably more that than any preference to settle at the rear before making a run for home.
In relation to the stablemates progressing to the WA Guineas (1600m) and then the Kingston Town Classic (1800m) he said it depended on their results tomorrow and how they pulled up.
One of things he is mulling over is that it is a short back up against the boys in the WA Guineas but if they go really well there is the Kingston Town Classic in three weeks.
Another is the option one filly may go one way and the other a different way.