The Phillip Stokes stable has unearthed more ammunition for an attack on black-type races after Shojiki scored an impressive maiden win on debut at Morphettville on Saturday.
The three-year-old filly is to be restricted to a short campaign, before being spelled and aimed at feature races in the Adelaide Autumn carnival next year.
Stable spokesman Tommy Stokes said Shojiki has been allowed to mature mentally and physically and the patience getting her to track “will pay off I reckon”.
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Shojiki will have a short spring campaign before chasing richer races next year. Picture: Atkins PhotographySource:Supplied
“She had a few trials last preparation, but we did the right thing by the horse and did not race her,” he said. “I’m not sure how far she will go this preparation, she will tell us.
“But she will probably have a few runs then we will lock her away. If she does progress as we hope, we will look at black type next preparation. She has always shown she has talent and once she gets to the mile we will see her at her best.”
Stokes said Shojiki had deep pedigree, being by Redoute’s Choice and chasing black-type success was the big thing for the filly.
After dismounting, jockey Kayla Crowther told Stokes the filly was so tough.
“She thought the other horses were coming so she rode aggressively,” Stokes said. “Shojiki will just get better and better.”
A nice debut from Shojiki who takes out R2 at Morphettville for @pstokesracing. pic.twitter.com/ze6WvoBmjX
The training partnership of Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas has also produced a handy weapon for the Autumn carnival following the emphatic debut triumph of Pimm’s Party.
Raced in similar colours to stable star Dalasan, Pimm’s Party was heavily backed and the punters were on the money with the three-year old filly leading all the way in convincing fashion.
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Macdonald was supremely confident the filly would triumph on the evidence of her trackwork in preparation for her first start.
“I thought she would win, her work has neenm really good and her work on Tuesday was excellent,” he said. “We’ve just had to give her time.
Another impressive debutant at Morphettville. Pimm's Party was dominant in R2. @TheRacesSA pic.twitter.com/cFCGCoNjha
“Now we have to decide whether we push on now, or give her a break and go to the autumn.”
Talented apprentice Jessica Eaton continued her outstanding form since moving from Victoria, claiming her first city treble with winning rides on Von Saga, Aadelad and Cannot be Serios.
Another Murray Bridge rider Sophie Logan also had a successful day with a double on Von Costa Glass and Muntham Missile.
Originally published asPatience pays off as Shojiki shines
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