Tiamo Grace has stamped herself as a serious Crown Oaks contender after leading a talented field home to win the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes(2000m) at Flemington this afternoon.
Tiamo Grace received plenty of support from punters in the hours leading up to jump on Derby Day and the filly did her chances of success no harm when she found a good position in transit within the field, after jumping well.
Switching off and receiving an ideal run in transit, jockey Damian Lane threaded the needle with the three-year-old rounding onto the final straight and immediately responded when asked for an extra effort; kicking clear of her rivals to comfortably find the line ahead of Sebring Dream and Missrock.
Lane was thrilled with the feel offered up by Tiamo Grace in the Wakeful Stakes and believes that the horse has the making of an Oaks winner in less than a week.
“It’s a class D Weir operation – they start out in the bush and get some confidence, and when he brings them to town you know they’re ready and she showed that last start,” Lane said after the Wakeful Stakes.
“We’ll see what the camp has to say, but off that win it would be very hard not to take her there (Crown Oaks).”
Stable representative for trainer Darren Weir, Jeremy Rogers said that the filly’s condition over the coming days with determine whether or not she progresses to a start in the Crown Oaks 2016.
“She’s a really, nice progressive filly and she was beautifully ridden by Damian,” Rogerson said.
“He just had her nice and relaxed in a lovely spot and as soon as he let her loose at the top of the straight, she did the rest.
“I think today was her long-term goal but we’ll just see how she is over the next few days before deciding if to push on to Thursday, or put her back into the paddock and come back for the autumn.
“At home she’s always shown she’s a nice filly and has just kept improving with everything we’ve asked her to do.”
Tiamo Grace, who was a $50,000 purchase by John Foote Bloodstock and Darren Weir Racing at the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, advanced her record to 2 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr3 MRC Ethereal Stakes) from 5 starts for $238,600 earnings.