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Phar Lap Preferred For Sacred Eye
Co-trainer David Hayes has opted to run talented filly Sacred Eye against her own age group in Sydney tomorrow in preference to an open fillies and mares race in Melbourne, reports AAP. The 3YO will line up in the Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill rather than take on the older mares in the Gr3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) at Flemington. The beautifully bred High Chaparral filly will be having her second run back from a spell after resuming with a pleasing fifth behind Don't Doubt Mamma in the Gr3 Vanity Stakes (1400m) at Flemington three weeks ago. "We're heading to Sydney," Hayes said. "It's a much better race. She didn't come in that well at the weights in Melbourne, being a Group Three winner, and in Sydney it's set weights and she's the highest-rated filly." He added: "And I'd love to give her a look around Rosehill before the Vinery Stud Stakes." The Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) will be run at Rosehill Gardens on 26 March. Sacred Eye, who is owned by a partnership that includes Coolmore Stud, is out of Gr3 winner Musidora (Rock Of Gibraltar), whose dam Nice Dancing is a half-sister to the dam of Arrowfield's Gr1 Golden Slipper winner & former champion Australian sire Flying Spur. This is the family of influential blue hen Fanfreluche and also includes former champion Australian sire Encosta de Lago and Coolmore stallion Holy Roman Emperor, the sire of Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan.