Satin Shoes strikes early for Flying Spur

Satin Shoes became the first stakeswinner of the new season for champion sire Flying Spur with a game victory in today’s $100,000 MRC Quezette S. 1100m LR at Caulfield.

Pictured: Classy filly Satin Shoes (green & blue colours) posts her third black type win at Caulfield today. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Trainer Clarry Conners‘ decision to send Dr Edmund & Belinda Bateman‘s 3YO filly to Melbourne early in the season paid off when she settled nicely off the pace, before hitting the lead hard and holding off Metonymy by a short half-head, with a length to Mosheen, and the Redoute’s Choice filly Glissade in fourth position.

Afterwards Conners told Racing & Sports, “We came down here to take the fillies on and at first I thought it would be a pretty easy race but going into it it did look a very hard race. I wondered whether I had done the right thing.”

“But she’s won and that’s the main thing, and she’ll only improve. She’s a very gross filly and had done super here.”

The day’s racing proved extra-special for the Batemans who also own Foxwedge, winner of the ATC San Domenico S. G3 at Rosehill from Anise and Not A Single Doubt ‘s daughter Karuta Queen.

Satin Shoes won the ATC Silver Slipper S. G2 and Widden S. LR as a 2YO, and has now won four of her six career starts, for prizemoney of $405,150. The Cressfield-bred filly is a half-sister to multiple New Zealand Group winner Zarzuela, both from Group 1 winner Star Satire, who has a yearling colt by Redoute’s Choice and is foaling again to him this spring.

Flying Spur is a permanent fixture among Australia’s leading sires, with nine stakeswinners worldwide last season, and a lifetime record of 7.3% stakeswinners to runners. He is standing the 2011 season at a fee of $49,500 inc. GST.

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