Exciting filly In Spades will have her third start at her home track today but it may not be long before she’s on the Highway – literally.
The Justin Bowen-trained filly was tipped out after a comprehensive win the coveted Red Crown at Muswellbrook on June 6 at just her third appearance.
Bowen resisted the temptation to press on with In Spades any deeper in the campaign which starts anew in Monday’s rather epic Class 1 as it happens.
‘’She grew a bit more and developed during the spell,’’ Bowen says.
“It was always our plan to give her a trial and head into this Class 1 at Muswellbrook so we will stick with it and we will learn a lot more about her after this.
‘’I think she can get herself to Highway grade. It’s one step at a time with her. I’ve tried to do right by her and tipped her out of a win so I am hoping she can progress through like I think she can and you never know, this time next year we might be celebrating.’’
In Spades is a local but has been dealt the dreaded visitor’s draw and will be the last of up to a dozen horses loaded into the stalls.
‘’She is quite versatile which I think is going to take her further,’’ Bowen said. “If she had of been one-dimensional it would have been a bit of a worry but the way she settled in the Red Crown and let down really impressed me.
‘’If she was a bit slow away on Monday, she can settle or if she jumps well, she can be right there.’’
In Spades wasn’t the only of the Bowen brigade to draw a wide alley at Muswellbrook on Monday with Lucky Crumpet saddled with 17 in the TAB Maiden Plate over 900m.
That said, the daughter of Outreach has Mitchell Bell to assist coupled with some seriously impressive trials ahead of her return to racing.
“She is fit and ready to go,’’ Bowen says.
‘’She had probably come to the end of her prep when she ran at Dubbo so we tipped her out and she has come back twice the horse she was.’’