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Shamalia Ready For Stakes Test

Friday, 7th February 2014

Trainer James Cummings says he could not be happier with promising filly Shamalia (Shamardal-Laylia, by Redoute's Choice) ahead of her Melbourne debut in the Gr3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday, reports horseracing.com.au. The 3YO daughter of Gr1-winning sire Shamardal has shown excellent potential winning her only two starts to date, her latest an impressive 1.8-length win on Randwick's Kensington track. "She is the sort of horse that is worth getting quite excited about," Cummings said. "She worked really well under a stranglehold on Tuesday morning after having a nice jump-out at Flemington the Friday before it. We took her to Caulfield the Tuesday before so she has been in Melbourne for a while now, but she is a very happy filly and hasn't left an oat." Despite facing a big step up in class this weekend, Cummings is confident that Shamalia has plenty of untapped ability and can extend her unbeaten streak to three. "She has an excellent turn of foot and a very fast change of gears," Cummings said. "I don't think that we have seen the best of her yet and she couldn't be doing any more than what she is doing." Shamalia races in the famous yellow, black and white checked silks of long-time stable client Dato Tan Chin Nam.

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