Thurlow to Wear Visor in 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes

February 18th, 2015

Having sported blinkers in her most recent appearance at the races, trainer Robert Smerdon has revealed talented two-year-old Thurlow will instead be fitted with a visor for the 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 28th.

Thurlow will wear a visor rather than blinkers in the 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Thurlow will wear a visor rather than blinkers in the 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Yet to finish worse than second in three competitive appearances on course so date, Thurlow stamped her claims as a serious Blue Diamond Stakes prospect when returning for a comfortable half-length victory in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) at Sandown on February 7th.

Having performed well in an 800m trial and Sandown on Tuesday morning, Smerdon told AAP he and jockey Craig Williams had agreed the step-up to Group 1 company and 1200m may result in the daughter of Sebring wanting to over-race.

“Going to the 1200 I put it all back on Craig and we’ll go back to visors, which are modified blinkers and have peripheral vision,” Smerdon said.

“She’s thrived since her win, the jump-out was good, her action was good and she’s earned her place in the field.”

Running third in a strong Cranbourne barrier trial prior to her racing debut in October, Thurlow jumped from the gates only fairly in the Group 3 Emirates Airline Plate (1000m) on November 4th, settling off the pace of the race’s early leaders but displayed a good turn of foot late to finish second behind Antelucan.

Lining up alongside ten other two-year-olds in the Listed Santa’s Magical Kingdom Stakes (1000m) on November 15th, the filly out of Princess Emmy appeared to have corrected her first-up mishap when immediately heading to the fore of the field, extending in the final straight to break through for a maiden race win.

A final field and barrier draw for the 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes is due to be completed and released by midday, February 25th.

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