Pierro’s Little Sister Looks An Oaks Contender
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Champion 2YO and undefeated Triple Crown winner Pierro (Lonhro) has his first yearlings set to sell in 2016, but it’s his Street Cry half-sister Ambience who could be making news in the next week as she heads to the Group 1 VRC Crown Oaks after a sensational victory in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes at Flemington. Bred by Darley, just like Pierro, Ambience was retained to race for Godolphin and after winning a Kembla maiden in September, the filly stepped up to Listed class and powered away to win the Dulcify Quality by two and a half-lengths. Shipped to Melbourne, the filly didn’t appear to appreciate the Caulfield track, finishing third to Dawnie Perfect in the Group 3 Ethereal Stakes. Resoundingly defeating that filly in the Wakeful, Ambience pulled away to win the race by three-and-a-half lengths from the Mill Park Stud-bred and sold Beluga Blue, a last start winner of the Listed Hill Smith Stakes.
Out of the Daylami mare Miss Right Note, herself a winner up to 2400m as well as a half-sister to Laverock, Octagonal’s Group 1 winner of the Italian Derby over 2400m, it is a pedigree that has produced winners from 955m to 3200m.
When questioned after the race as to his thoughts on Ambience getting the 2500m of the Oaks, trainer John O’Shea seemed to think she would find no issue with it.
“She relaxes well, the decision to run her will be made in the next 48-hours. I’d lean, right now, to running her.
“Her mother (Miss Right Note) was very stout and Street Cry can get them to run over distances, so I’d think she’d run.”
Showing a turn of foot at the end of a trip is always an asset and Ambience showed that in the Wakeful.
“She came here today and did everything really well. She’ll stay a mile-and-a-half so I’m looking forward to the Oaks if they decide to press on, stated jockey James McDonald.
“They went slow for the first two furlongs, then they quickened up and put a bit of tempo into the race but it wouldn’t have mattered with this filly. She would’ve won anyway.”
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