RACE: Exford Plate (Listed, 1400m)
TRAINER: Peter Moody and Katherine Coleman
Lightly raced Justify (Scat Daddy) filly Legacies will be on trial for Group 1 goals when she takes in today’s Exford Plate (Listed, 1400m) at Flemington.
Owned and bred by Rosemont Stud, the filly is out of their Irish-bred mare Abyssinie (Danehill Dancer), Legacies could be set for a tilt at the Flight Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m), the final leg of the Darley Princess Series, at Randwick in two weeks’ time, should she produce a promising performance in today’s Listed contest against the boys.
The winner of her first two starts, including at stakes level in the ANZAC Day Stakes (Listed, 1400m) at Sandown on April 29, the Peter Moody and Katherine Coleman-trained Legacies returned for her three-year-old with a noteworthy second-placed finish behind high-class colt Veight (Grunt) in the HDF McNeil Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m), one which connections believe she will improve considerably from.
“Peter Moody and I were almost ducking for cover at the races at Caulfield first–up, because she looked so backward and behind the others in terms of her preparation and her coat when compared to the others,” Rosemont principal Anthony Mithen told ANZ Bloodstock News. “Pete looked at me, and I looked at Pete, and we said ‘she’s easily the worst in the yard here but she’s going to improve off this’.
“She ran out of her skin [in the McNeil Stakes] and she’s really moved forward in the couple of weeks since. She’s only going to get better through the prep and we’re excited to see what she can do on Saturday. Hopefully she will give us the confidence to go to the Flight Stakes from there.”
Legacies is the sixth foal out of the unplaced Abyssinie, who Rosemont purchased for €180,000 from Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale in 2016, and sold her last year for $3,000 on Inglis Digital.
The dam is a three-quarter sister to three-time French Group 1 winner Aquarelliste (Danehill) and dual US elite-level scorer Artiste Royal (Danehill), while her deep pedigree also features last season’s champion three-year-old colt in Europe Luxembourg (Camelot).
Abyssinie has a weanling filly by Starcraft (Soviet Star) and was last year covered by Rosemont’s stallion Strasbourg (I Am Invincible).