TALENTED three-year-old filly Settler’s Joy stamped herself a genuine Tasmanian Oaks prospect when she scored an effortless win in the $30,000 Aceland Stud Thousand Guineas over 1600 metres at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston last night (Wednesday).
With Craig Newitt aboard, the Troy Blacker-trained filly came from last on the home turn to blitz a quality field by almost three lengths.
Settler’s Joy (Tough Speed-Manalapan) hit the line 2-3/4 lengths clear of Refuse To Lose with Gee Gees Snowhill a close-up third.
Settler’s Joy was coming off a fast-finishing sixth in the Tasmanian Guineas won by Mister John.
“This filly is a dead set stayer and when she gets out to 2100 metres we will see the best of her,” said trainer Troy Blacker.
“I’ve thought all along she was an Oaks prospect so that’s where we are headed but she will run in the Strutt Stakes (2100m) on Hobart Cup day and then go to the Oaks back here in Launceston 10 days later,” he said.
Newitt was even more upbeat about her chances in the Listed races to come.
“The best part about this win was that she was getting stronger over the concluding stages,” Newitt said.
“We can go to the Strutt Stakes and the Oaks now with a lot more confidence and whatever they send over from the mainland for those races will want to be a bit special to beat her,” he said.
Blacker said he will wait and se how the filly recovers from the Thousand Guineas before committing to the Strutt Stakes and beyond.