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Lake Geneva Out To Defy History
Coolmore's Michael Kirwan is confident that highly regarded filly Lake Geneva (Fastnet Rock-Hips Don't Lie, by Stravinsky) can become just the third horse in history to break her maiden in the Gr1 Golden Slipper when she contests the $3.5 million juvenile event at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, reports racingandsports.com.au. Since the race's inception in 1957, only Sweet Embrace (1967) and Fairy Walk (1971) have gone into the Golden Slipper as maidens and emerged as winners. "She's a very good filly. There's no doubting her ability, it's just like in all these races you need a bit of luck on the day," Kirwan said. "Luck in running and all these things have got to happen, but one horse has got to win and we're hoping that she can acquit herself pretty well." Lake Geneva showed her quality when finishing third behind Pride Of Dubai in the Blue Diamond Stakes last start, and Kirwan is hoping that a more favourable barrier draw can prove the difference on Saturday. "Michael Hawkes mentioned that barriers have probably beaten her in both her starts so far," Kirwan said. "But we've got a (good) barrier on Saturday, she has worked well on Tuesday and all going according to plan she'll be right there on Saturday." Coolmore sold Lake Geneva, who is by Fastnet Rock out of Gr2 Reisling Stakes winner Hips Don't Lie, to Hawkes Racing for $1 million at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale but bought back into her after her debut placing in the Gr3 Widden Stakes.