Coolmore Filly Stars at Matamata
15 Mar 2019
The Informant reports:
Talented juvenile Folk Dress showed her potential at Matamata yesterday with victory in the Matley Financial Services 1200.
The filly settled in behind the speed under jockey Opie Bosson before improving at the turn and kicking away in the straight to win by a length and a half.
It was the first win for the Coolmore-owned filly, who has been marked as a $14 fifth favourite for the Gr. 1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes on March 30.
“It was a lovely ride, as you come to expect from him (Bosson),” trainer Jamie Richards said. “That’s why he is the best in the business and he gave her every chance. I thought she quickened up nicely and she’s going the right way.”
Richards is taking a bit of confidence out of the race, with last year’s winner, Handsome Rebel, going on to finish fourth in the Sires’ Produce.
“We won the race last year with a horse called Handsome Rebel who came out and ran fourth in the Sires’ and put in a really good performance,” Richards said.
“There is no rush with her. She’s a good filly to have in work for Coolmore and they let us pick and choose where we want to go.”
Bosson was pleased with the win and said yesterday’s run was another learning experience for the daughter of Pierro.
“She’s always been a top-quality filly and her trial was really good,” Bosson said. “We like to teach them something and get her breathing properly and she definitely finished it off nicely.”