Tony McEvoy will consider starting his three-year-old filly Don’t Doubt Mamma in the Group 1 Australian Guineas after her giant-slaying performance to win the Group 3 Vanity Stakes (1400m, 3yo fillies).
In her wake were the previously unbeaten, Group 1-winning Perth filly Perfect Reflection, who finished third, and Group 1 VRC Oaks winner Jameka, who finished fourth.
Don’t Doubt Mamma ($7) held off the fast-finishing Egypt ($21) by a head with Perfect Reflection ($3) three-quarters of a length away.
“I’m tempted. She’ll do the talking during the week,” McEvoy said regarding the Australian Guineas on March 5 after his filly’s brilliant first-up win.
“She really excited me today. She’s a high-quality filly. To come out and beat those fillies as fresh as she is was a great effort.”
McEvoy said he had other options including the Frances Tressady Stakes (1400m) at Flemington or the Coolmore Classic at Rosehill on March 12.
Don’t Doubt Mamma’s jockey Dwayne Dunn was impressed and said his filly tired in the last little bit so would take improvement from the run.
Congratulations to the connections; P Katelanis, P Hunt, A P Lathlean, J Katelanis & Seymour Bloodstock (Mgr: D S Thomas).
Bred by the former Tyreel Stud owner Dean Fleming, the filly was purchased privately by Blue Sky Bloodstock for client Peter Katelanis and is the final foal of the well-related Fantastic Light Coconut Mamma.
Blue Sky Bloodstock had also purchased the first foal of Coconut Mamma for Katelanis, with that filly racing as MISS ST TROPEZ (Magnus).
The second foal of the mare Risen From Doubt was raced in a partnership that included Katelanis, with that talented runner, a full brother to Don’t Doubt Mamma, winning the Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes on debut by two-and-a-half-lengths before a third in the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes behind eventual Golden Slipper winner Mossfun.
Michael Manley, Sunday Herald Sun