|Karla Keys who produced a powerful finish to win today's $40,000
Copperama Super VOBIS Handicap (1400m) at Sandown will be aimed toward the Moonee Valley
Oaks in March.
Settling back in the field the
Cranbourne trained filly, who was first up since running on the placegetter heels in the
VRC Oaks, was too strong over the concluding stages for the well fancied favourite
Karla Keys ($4-$5-$4.60), a filly by Soviet Lad, has placed
twice in stakes class in Adelaide last preparation before her final run netted an
excellent fifth in Magical Miss' Oaks at Flemington.
Winning trainer Shaun Quigly
wasn't at Sandown today, rather at Horsham saddling up three stablemates on the provincial
Successful jockey Dale Short predicted a bright future for
"She's on the way up and would head to a race like the
Oaks," Short said referring to the rich Moonee Valley Oaks.
Short also praised the training efforts of Quigley who was
able to get the filly to score a gritty first up win, after her Oaks preparation late last
"Shaun's done a great job with her. He should take all
of the credit it's been a credit coming back well from the Oaks," the 42 year-old
veteran of the saddle said.
At the post Karla Keys had
streaked clear of her rivals establishing a two and three quarter length break over
Gradual. Rezidencia, which jumped away awkwardly, was a head further back in third place.
Copperama (Comeran-Old Penny) a member of the then Tommy
Smith stable won the 1981 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield.
Race 1 - Copperama 3YO Fillies Super VOBIS Handicap
- 1400 metres
First KARLA KEYS (SS Quigley, Mrs PB Scanlan & J
Driver's bay filly 3 years Soviet Lad-Joy Supreme $4-$5-$4.60) Dale Short for Shaun
Quigley (Cranbourne). Second GRADUAL (chestnut filly 3 years Strategic-Bambola
$1.80-$2.25) Darren Gauci for John Hawkes (Warwick Farm). Third REZIDENCIA (brown filly 3
years Carnegie-Society Bay $6-$8) Greg Childs for Alan Bailey (Caulfield). Then came:
Dreamalot ($4-4.20: 4L), Troublous ($21: 5.5L), Big Amy ($11-$17: 10.5L). All started.
Margins: 2 3/4 lengths x Head. Time: 1 minute 23.81 seconds. Last 600m: 33.25 seconds.
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