Juddmonte Farms

FIRST AUSTRALIAN GROUP WINNER FOR FRANKEL

Taken from Thoroughbred Daily News, Australia, 16th September, by Bren O'Brien

Miss Fabulass (FRANKEL) might not only be the best bred three-year-old filly in Australia, she might also be the most talented.

She created her own piece of history on Saturday becoming the first stakes winner for Frankel in Australia, while also winning the race her dam Samantha Miss won 10 years ago, the Gr.2 Darley Tea Rose Stakes. In 2008, Samantha Miss went on a five-race winning spree,taking the Gr.1 Champagne Stakes as a late two-year-old before sweeping through the Princess Series, culminating in a two and a half-length romp in the Gr.1 Flight Stakes. After running third in the Gr.1 Cox Plate, she would go on to win the Gr.1 VRC Oaks.

Trainer Kris Lees doesn't know if Miss Fabulass can take him to those heights this spring, but there is more than just a little sense of deja vu, especially the way she put away her rivals at Randwick on Saturday."I'm deeply honoured that John Singleton gave me the opportunity to train her being by Frankel out of my favourite horse and we are slowly repaying him," he said. "She has the brilliance of her mum. She just hasn't got the race sense but it's coming."

Just four starts in to what looks a very promising career, Lees is looking to the Flight Stakes on 29th September and jockey Kerrin McEvoy,who gave her the perfect run, anticipates she should step up to the mile with no concerns."I'd say she will go to the Flight," he said. "She's a nice filly, obviously untried at the mile, but if we can just get her to switch off she is going to run it out really strong and be really hard to beat in that race. She's very well bred. The best is yet to come still. She is only going to improve. Dare to say that she is going to be even better next prep. She's an exciting filly to be a part of for sure."

Having only had one start as a two-year-old, Miss Fabulass may be given the chance to do something her dam didn't, and that's head towards feature races in the autumn and beyond. Samantha Miss injured a tendon after only having one run in her three-year-old autumn campaign and was subsequently retired after being sold for A$3.85m to John Singleton. ​

Date: 17 September 2018