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Trainer Happy With Star Filly

Thursday, 9th February 2017

Trainer Shane Nichols says Gr1-winning filly I Am A Star (I Am Invincible-Star Band, by Dixieland Band) is in good order ahead of her scheduled return to racing in Saturday's Gr2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield, reports AAP. The 3YO, who hasn't raced since winning the Gr1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on 29 October, pleased Nichols when finishing fourth of five runners in an 800 metre trial at Cranbourne on Tuesday morning. "She's pulled up beautiful," Nichols said. "We've got a long prep ahead of us, whether that's in Melbourne or Sydney. We'll tee off with no weight on our back in the Rubiton on Saturday and then she should be cherry ripe for wherever she goes next." After Saturday, I Am A Star will progress to the Angus Armanasco Stakes at Caulfield on 25 February. "Physically she's much better this time, but she has to be," Nichols said. "She's coming up against some quality horses. We managed to beat the mares in the Myer, now we have to play against the boys." I Am A Star will be ridden by Craig Williams and will carry just 53.5kg in Saturday's $200,000 sprint.

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