Snowdens eye $1 million sprint with star filly

A ‘much bigger and stronger’ Dame Giselle could be in line for a return in Saturday’s $1 million Inglis Sprint at Randwick with Peter and Paul Snowden set to monitor conditions throughout the week.

The four-time Group 2 winner trialled well behind gun sprinters Nature Strip and Bivouac last week at Rosehill and is ready to go for her first run of 2021.

“She is going good,” co-trainer Paul Snowden said.

“We wanted to see where her fitness levels were when she trialled and she has pulled up well.

“We will nominate for the Inglis race next weekend but we will wait until Saturday morning to decide if she is going to run or not.

“It will depend on where she draws and how the track is.”

Nature Strip took control on the turn and held off Bivouac to win the opening trial at @rosehillgardens on Wednesday with Dame Giselle in third. Also in the heat were the likes of September Run, Funstar and Montefilia. @tabcomau @cwallerracing @7horseracing pic.twitter.com/ivylaCM3YE

Dame Giselle went close to claiming a rare Princess Series sweep during the spring after winning the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes, Furious Stakes and Tea Rose Stakes.

The daughter of I Am Invincible came out just short in that quest, finishing fourth in the Flight Stakes however she’s destined for another Group 1 tilt in the autumn.

The Surround Stakes on February 27 at Randwick is a logical first major target for the filly and Snowden believes Dame Giselle is as ready as ever for her return.

“She has come back much bigger and stronger and is fully mature now,” he said.

“We know what kind of level she can get to now.”

The Inglis Sprint looks set to be a hot race with the likes with Hawkes Racing to nominate Golden Rose runner-up North Pacific while David Pfieffer’s promising colt Rocketing By will also head to the race.

Meanwhile, the Snowdens star colt King’s Legacy is also edging close to a return and will trial again on the 11th of February before kicking off his autumn campaign in the Hobartville Stakes.

Originally published asSprint return on the table for Dame Giselle

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