Fillies to the fore at Caulfield

Danny O'Brien has a good team of three-year-old fillies at the moment, including two who line up against each other in Saturday's Magical Miss Handicap at Caulfield. Debut winners Code Black and Stratella make up what looks a strong race for three-year-old fillies in the 1200m race.

Code Black, a filly by O'Reilly from the Centaine mare Gio, made her debut at Moonee Valley where she settled off the pace but ran on strongly to win by a length, eased down.

Stratella, by Strategic from the Magic Ring mare Stella Maree, made her debut at Moe and also sat off the pace before recording an easy win.

James Winks rode both fillies to success and will be aboard Code Black this Saturday, while Steven Arnold take over on Stratella.

The stable rate both fillies highly and are confident of good showings this weekend.

"Code Black comes from a wonderful family and showed a lot of ability from day one," O'Brien's racing manager Aaron Corby told Racing & Sports.

"This is the natural progression but it's by no means an easy race. It's a good test for her and if she were to win again it would probably be time to think about a break and better races in the autumn."

Corby said Stratella was in the same boat with little around for fillies this time of year.

Complementing that pair is stablemates Pleasantsundaygirl and Bold Moment.

"We've got a good bunch of three-year-old fillies at the moment and there's plenty to look forward to in the autumn."

Speaking of which, Corby reported smart three-year-old colt Purrealist has put his slight injury from the spring behind him and has made a full recovery.

"He's currently doing light work in a water walker," Corby said. "We've actually had to step up his work because he's doing too well.

"The injury is behind him and we're looking forward to the autumn. The Australian Guineas is the obvious race down here but he could also go to Sydney, although it's a little up in the air at the moment with dates."

Purrealist won the Guineas Prelude during the spring and looked the main danger to Weekend Hussler in the Guineas but had a slight strain to a tendon and went for a spell.

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