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Touch Of Mink eyes off a Sunshine Coast Guineas start

Steve Bennett in Latest News 13 Jun 2018
  • Touch Of Mink eyes a Sunshine Coast Guineas start
Promising filly - Touch Of Mink

A minor setback killed off any hopes of an autumn campaign for the up-and-coming filly but there’s light at the end of the tunnel for her as the winter carnival comes to a close.

Trainer Matthew Smith will make up for the disappointment of missing an Autumn campaign with Touch Of Mink as the filly prepares for a tilt at a Sunshine Coast Guineas start.

But first she must pass an audition for the Group Three event as Smith has her entered at Rosehill on Saturday in the Benchmark 81 Ascot Restaurant Sale Hcp over 1400m.

The filly has shown promise and ran a gallant race in Group One company when finishing seventh, beaten only 2.5 lengths in the Surround Stakes behind Shoals when still a maiden.

She then failed at Kembla Grange in the Group Three Kembla Grange Classic but had excuses as she missed the jump by four lengths.

She made amends for that three weeks later by winning her maiden over the mile on the same track.

Her latest effort delivered another victory at Randwick where she beat home a field of three-year-old fillies over 1400m at BM76 level.

She has drawn gate one on Saturday in the BM81 contest and AAP reports that Smith will use this race as her audition for a start at the Sunshine Coast on June 30.

"I was a bit unsure the other day at Randwick whether she was forward enough in condition to win but she'd obviously done enough work and she's come on from then," he said. 
"I think she'll be really strong at the mile with this run under her belt."

While she has performed above expectations in higher company, Smith still believes she has a lot more to offer.

"In the back of our minds, we didn't think she'd be a Magic Millions type of two-year-old," Smith said.  
"We'd have liked to have gone through to some of those better races in the autumn but she had a bit of a hiccup so we're looking at a later spring campaign after the Guineas.
"We've had to take our time with her. I think she's got a lot of strengthening up to do and next preparation she'll be better again."

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Touch Of Mink eyes off a Sunshine Coast Guineas start

A minor setback killed off any hopes of an autumn campaign for the up-and-coming filly but there’s light at the end of the tunnel her as the winter carnival comes to a close

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