Shane Fliedner is dreaming of spring with his latest stable star St Edward’s Crown after her impressive winning in last Saturday’s $125,000 Bruce Gadsden Handicap (1100m) at Flemington.
The triumph was the filly’s first, following second placings at her first two outings, but the stable is banking on it being the first of many.
“I haven’t had many good horses, but she’s one of the best,” Fliedner said.
“She’s a really nice filly, she’s got real potential.”
Dropping back from 1200 to 1100 metres, St Edward’s Crown ($8) settled outside the leader and lifted late to overcome the Godolphin runner Lesage.
Damien Thornton has ridden St Edward’s Crown in all three starts.
Fliedner’s filly has an all Godolphin pedigree — by Epaulette from Patina, making her a half-sister to Group 2 winner Viridine, who finished sixth for James Cummings in last Saturday’s Stradbroke Handicap.
“We thought it (1100 metres) would be quicker today and I said to Damien I hadn’t overtrained her and she’d have a good turn of foot,” Fliedner said.
“She’s got three-year-old written all over her.”
The filly has earned $95,160 in her three starts and may return to Flemington for a 1400-metre race on June 22.
The result was a memorable one for the filly’s breeders, Mario and Jenni Cesnik, who operate Riverina Downs Stud at Tarcutta (NSW). The Cesniks race a number of horses with Fliedner including the promising Queen Guinevere and smart two-year-old Hi Stranger, who will take his place at Ladbrokes Park on Saturday.
While Goldfields stables didn’t come away with a winner at the three-day Swan Hill racing carnival last weekend, there were at least three runners worth following.
• Like to Think So: Bounced back from a below-par effort at Flemington fresh and looks ready to go on with it this campaign for Kym Hann.
• Fussell: Erin Maher-trained debutant who showed plenty of dash to lead on debut and was only chased down by a handy one.
• Bedouin King: Resumed with a strong chase for Rod Symons over 1200 metres on a day when it was hard to make ground. Ready to win in maiden grade over 1400 metres.