Whilst confirmed amongst a talented field of nine including some of Western Australia’s best racehorses, trainer Shane Quilty is confident the work produced by Fancy Feet in the lead-up to Saturday’s Group 3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m) at Belmont points towards a competitive performance.
Having steadily built to the task over three starts this time, including a credible second behind Tower Of Lonhro in the Budget Business Club BM78 (2000m) on May 9th, Fancy Feet was unable to match the last pace in the Ramelius Resources Bm78 (2100m) and failed to beat a single runner home.
Having found the mare had suffered from respiratory issues in the ill-fated performance, Quilty is confident she is back to her best and believes she is capable of a big race in the 2015 Hyperion Stakes.
“The vet scoped her and found she was full of mucus in her lower airways,” Quilty told the West Australian.
“She had a lung wash and I took her straight to the vet following her gallop on Tuesday, where she was scoped and passed clear.
“She went exceptionally well. It was a good gallop.”
Yet to be confirmed for a specific point of call after the 2015 Hyperion Stakes, Quilty confirmed there are a few options for Fancy Feet.
“She has shown some of her best form around the mile and if she comes through unscathed she’ll go into the Strickland,” Quilty said.
“If she is not 100 percent she will be retired.”
Posting six wins and a further five minors through 30 career starts so far, Fancy Feet undoubtedly found career-best form to date over a 2014 winter campaign, highlighted by success in the Group 3 Strickland Stakes (2000m).
Allocated barrier 7 for the 2015 Hyperion Stakes, Fancy Feet has been confirmed to be partnered by Troy Turner.
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2015 Hyperion Stakes odds, for which Fancy Feet can be taken at a particularly generous $31 for success or $7 to finish in the first three.