Bendigo trainer Shane Fliedner is looking forward to seeing promising filly St Edward’s Crown step up to 1400 metres at Flemington on Saturday.
The daughter of Epaulette impressed winning at the course a fortnight ago over 1100 metres. She tackles a heat of the Taj Rossi series this Saturday with Mark Zahra to take the reins from a holidaying Damien Thornton.
St Edward’s Crown has had three runs to date for two seconds and her last-start win.
“It’s hard to tip them out when they’re in good form and until she puts the white flag up you’ve got to chase the wins where you can get them,” Fliedner said.
“She’s bounced through her win terrific and I’ve been looking for the signs (to spell) but they just aren’t there.”
Having started at $8.50 a fortnight ago, the filly is sure to be kept much safer in markets with the extra distance looking an ideal progression.
“We rode her to win the race last start back in trip — we weren’t going there for a run,” Fliedner said.
“All the indicators are she’ll relish the ground and she’ll certainly dig deep.I couldn’t be happier leading into Saturday.”
St Edward’s Crown is a half-sister to Godolphin’s smart sprinter Viridine, and metropolitan success provided a boost to her value for breeder and part-owner Mario Cesnik.
The next goal is to add black type to her pedigree page and the stable may keep the filly going for the listed Taj Rossi Series final on July 6 before a freshen-up ahead of the spring, with the 1000 Guineas a possible target.
Fliedner had a fifth in that race with Fomalite in 2009.
St Edward’s Crown is likely to be joined in this Saturday’s race by stablemate Hi Stranger, backing up off an encouraging fourth at Ladbrokes Park last Saturday.
“He’s still learning but pulled up well and is racing well so one more educational run will do him well going forward,” said Fliedner.
The stable has a strong hand of two-year-olds at present, with Travail running an encouraging sixth in the Elvstroem Classic at Swan Hill. That gelding may step out early next week.