2016 The Galaxy Likely for Petits Filous

December 16th, 2015

Trainer Ciaron Maher experienced plenty of success through the recent Spring Carnival with Petits Filous, and has revealed he will likely set the talented three-year-old for a race like the 2016 The Galaxy (1100m) upon her autumn return.

Petits Filous will be set on a course towards the Group 1 The Galaxy upon resuming in autumn. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Petits Filous will be set on a course towards the Group 1 The Galaxy upon resuming in autumn. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Trialling well in the lead-up to her competitive debut, Petits Filous immediately stamped herself as a filly to follow when taking out the Telstra Phonewords Handicap (1000m) by more than six lengths on July 15th.

Progressing to a similarly-impressive two length win in the United Refrigeration BM78 (1000m) a fortnight later, the Street Boss filly made a successful transition to black type company when saluting, again by more than a length, in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) on August 15th.

Continuing her undefeated run of form through the Listed Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m) on September 12th, Petits Filous was given a first taste of Group 1 company as a resounding 51kg bottom weight in the Moir Stakes (1000m) on October 2nd but had clearly had enough racing; fading to finish tenth.

Confident a race like the 2016 The Galaxy would figure as an ideal Group 1 target for the three-year-old in autumn, Maher told Racing.com the Group 1 Robert Sangster Classic (1200m) in South Australia later in the carnival may also figure in calculations.

“She has always shown really good ability and she is one of the benchmark three-year-old filly sprinters,” Maher said.

“The aim is to try and get her a Group 1 win and on the back of that we can map a plan.

“There is races like The Galaxy – she does like that sting out of the ground – and then maybe the Swettenham in Adelaide.”

Having contested only five competitive race starts so far, Petits Filous has posted a total of four commanding wins for $227,200 in prize money.

Three-year-olds have a terrific record in The Galaxy, however a filly has not saluted in the race since La Baraka in 1998.

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