Futurity Stakes: Probabeel and Arcadia Queen joint favourites for All-Star Mile
Kiwi raider Probabeel has stamped her All-Star Mile credentials with a brilliant Group 1 Futurity Stakes win at Caulfield on Saturday.
With the impressive triumph, the four year-old mare firmed into $4 equal favourite for the world’s richest mile at The Valley on March 13, along with Futurity runner-up Arcadia Queen.
The first three past the post, with Mr Quickie, also an All-Star Mile contender, settled towards the back of the crack field and closed intently in the straight.
Giving leader Crosshaven a five-length start rounding the bend,
Star jockey Damian Lane got going on Probabeel rounding the bend and the mare, in a matter of strides, erased the five-length start she had given leaders Crosshaven and Behemoth.
“I put her in the race early and not many horses can sustain a sprint from as far out as she did,” Lane gushed after winning his 23rd Australian Group 1.
“She was so good … I asked her early to get on top of them, on top of Behemoth the beast.
“What would take you 100 metres at least, took me about 20 metres.
“She‘s just so classy, a pleasure to ride.”
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Lane‘s early move gave Arcadia Queen a backside to chase but the world class West Australian mare could not take ground off the winner.
“I was worried about the cavalry pulling into the race on my back,” Lane said.
“I was luck she was so tough and the quality of the race was another level from what you saw last start.
“She‘s going to meet another good field in a few weeks in The All-Star Mile.”
Jamie Richards-trained Probabeel won two Group 1s last year, the Epsom Handicap and Surround Stakes.
Pre-race favourite Behemoth finished fourth, while evergreen galloper So Si Bon made good ground to round out the top five.
Like Lane, star jockey William Pike was buoyant about Arcadia Queen‘s All-Star Mile audition.
“Very good run. That’s what she had today,“ reigning All-Star Mile winner Pike said.
“Hopefully she takes some improvement out of it and she’ll be good again.”
Public voting has decided the top 10 horses to make it into the 2021 All-Star Mile, to be run at The Valley on March 13. Video courtesy: Racing Victoria….
Public voting has decided the top 10 horses to make it into the 2021 All-Star Mile, to be run at The Valley on March 13. Video courtesy: Racing Victoria.
Originally published asTop mares tighten grip on All-Star Mile
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