Estijaab wins the Group 2 Reisling Stakes
Emirates Park-raced Estijaab earned her place in the 2018 Golden Slipper Stakes field by recording a pillar-to-post success in the $300,000, Group 2, ATC Reisling Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick.
A firm odds-on favourite for the prestigious juvenile fillies event, the brilliant daughter of Snitzel bounced straight to the lead and controlled the race throughout. Put under heavy pressure over the closing 200 metres, Estijaab responded gamely to a vigorous Brenton Avdulla ride before holding off her opposition by a long-neck winning margin.
Trained on behalf of Emirates Park by Team Hawkes, spokesman Michael Hawkes remarked after the win: “We are very happy. She jumped out of the barriers, Brenton took control… you only just have to win. She’s done that and run really good time. It was a very good win.”
Hawkes added: “She came around the corner and had a bit of a look as well; they were just loping along. The thing with this girl is you just hit the go button and she really wants to attack the line. They came at her late. In saying that, how quick can you go running 1:09. Today wasn’t really about how far, it was about winning and that is what we’ve done.
“She has improved. You can see in her coat. She is the ultimate professional. She has a great attitude. Everything has just gone well. Brenton has a good association with her and now he knows what he’s got.
“Thanks to Bryan [Carlson] and Emirates [Park] and the team. Without them we wouldn’t have this filly. She is going the right way that is for sure.”
In regards to the Golden Slipper, Hawkes concluded: “As long as she has pulled up good, you know it is two weeks out and that is how we planned it. She will take benefit again, looks really, really good in the coat, and has improved. Hopefully the grand final is in two weeks time.”
In winning one of the most prized 2-year-old fillies events on the Australian racing calendar, Estijaab took her earnings to a figure in excess of $270,000 after just three starts and will now head to the 2018 Golden Slipper as one of the leading chances — she’s now a $7.00 chance for the $3.5 million feature.
Estijaab became the second winner of the Reisling Stakes for Emirates Park. The stud also won the 2002 renewal with the home-bred filly Fatoon, a daughter of the great matriarch Elated Lady. This is the very same family responsible for last week’s Skyline Stakes winner Santos, an expected rival to Estijaab in the Golden Slipper Stakes on March 24.
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