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Long-Term Stradbroke Target For NZ Filly
The Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) in Brisbane is the long-term goal for 5YO NZ mare The Filly (Ishiguru-Bayline Beauty, by Soviet Star) following her win at Hawke's Bay on Saturday, reports NZ Racing Desk. "She is such a brave mare who tries her heart out," commented trainer Murray Neal. "We had her entered for the Makfi but elected to start in the rating 85. I didn't want to burn her out mentally against those top-liners before she was really ready for them." Neal is confident the lightly-raced mare, who has 7 wins from 19 starts, is still on the way up in her racing development. "I bred and raised her and all the way through she has shown me the qualities that a top horse requires so I'm excited about where she might get to once she has the experience under her belt to compete at the elite level," he said. The Filly's next target will be the Gr3 Traderacks Stakes (1400m) on the final day of the Hawke's Bay Carnival.