Promising filly makes a splash

Exciting filly Splashing Out will make her return to the racetrack in next Monday’s Group 2 Yallambee Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville.

The filly came on in leaps and bounds in just her first campaign, graduating from a country maiden win to some of the best spring form in the country around the likes of Gold Edition, Magnus and Undue.

But after a long spell is set to resume her autumn campaign in SA’s premier sprint race for three-year-olds.

Prepared by Danny O’Brien at Flemington, Splashing Out was a soft Kyneton maiden winner on debut, then came straight to town to win at Moonee Valley.

At her third start she stepped up to stakes grade and won the Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes at Caulfield, then took on the Group 1 Ascot Vale Stakes up the straight at Flemington where she ran on strongly into second but was no match for Gold Edition.

At her last start before a break, she was tested further in an open age sprint in the Group 2 The Age Classic, where she again worked home well to finish fourth behind Magnus, Undue and Personal Ensign.

The filly returned to Waikato Stud in New Zealand to spell and with an abundance of lush feed has returned even better this time in, according to the stable.

“What she did in her first campaign was exceptional,” O’Brien’s racing manager Aaron Corby said. “That is some of the best sprinting form around.

“She went back home for a good spell and although we’re in drought there’s no shortage of feed in New Zealand. She’s come back in top order.

“The Yallambee looks a good race to start her autumn campaign and topping her lead-up off was a solid hit-out at Werribee last Thursday.”

The filly has 54kg in Monday’s set weights race and will be ridden by Steven King, pending an appeal of a careless riding charge he copped at Caulfield on Saturday.

Beyond that, the stable have a myriad of options, depending on how she comes through the run.

“There’s the sprint races in Adelaide like the Sangster Stakes and Goodwood Handicap, the T.J. Smith in Sydney and then races in Brisbane over the winter carnival,” Corby said.

“We’ll see how she goes first-up and go from there.”

by Jason Hickson -

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