Star filly First Seal was unlucky not to post a second win at the highest level of racing through a standout Autumn Carnival campaign, and may contest a path through the 2015 George Main Stakes (1600m) upon resuming in spring, according to trainer John Thompson.
Stamping her claims as one to watch over a standout 2014 Spring Carnival campaign, First Seal returned this year for second in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m); taking out the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) with complete ease before placing second in each of the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m).
Having not been seen at the races since finishing a luckless sixth in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) on Day 2 of The Championships, Thompson told Newscorp he is thrilled with the way the daughter of Fastnet Rock has taken her to her time in the paddock and confirmed races like the 2015 George Main Stakes (1600m) figure as realistic targets in spring.
“She’s much better on top of the ground and if it means going to Melbourne for a dry track then that’s what we’ll do,” Thompson said.
“I think the Epsom Handicap and George Main Stakes look suitable options up here but you’ve also got those mares races in Melbourne likes the Tristarc Stakes and Myer Classic.”
Posting a career total of four wins and five minors through only eleven competitive starts, First Seal won a minor over 1100m upon returning to racing last spring; progressing to second behind Sweynesse in the TAB Early Quaddie BM70 (1400m) before posting consecutive wins in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m).
Yet to confirm a specific launch pad for the rising four-year-old in spring, Thompson may look towards a race like the Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1300m) at Randwick on August 22nd should the Sydney conditions suit.
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