Lindsay Park fillies on target for spring

Catchy will be kept away from the other Lindsay Park fillies.

The Lindsay Park team will look to split their star fillies early in their three-year-old spring campaigns with options in both Melbourne and Sydney.

Group One Blue Diamond Stakes winner Catchy, Golden Slipper placegetter Tulip and Group winner Formality will ramp up their preparations for a likely August return, with gallops at Lindsay Park’s Euroa base on Monday.

They are likely to progress to the first of two jump-outs at Flemington at the end of July before attention turns to their returns to racing.

“They are all having a gallop on Monday,” co-trainer Tom Dabernig said.

“It will not be a real hard gallop and they’ll probably have two jump-outs at Flemington before resuming.

“They are all at a similar stage and at this stage we’re a little bit unsure of their paths.

“There’s races like the Quezette Stakes and one of them might kick off in Sydney. We’ll try to keep them all split up.

“We’re not quite locked in yet to where they are going to go but they all seem to have come back great.”

Dabernig said the three were able to have good breaks after the autumn and he is confident they can make an impact again as spring three-year-olds.

“You never know how they transition from two to three but I think they look like they had that class factor that I reckon they will,” he said.

The Group One Thousand Guineas in Melbourne and Flight Stakes in Sydney, both over 1600m, are among the targets.

“We’re hoping they’re milers,” Dabernig said.

“They’ve shown that they’re good sprinters but the key this preparation will be to see whether they can run a mile.

“You’d think they would. Formality is out of Jolie’s Shinju. Tulip’s racing style lends itself like she would want further.

“And Catchy is so relaxed. You could just put her wherever you want.”

Blue Diamond winner Catchy is one of five Group One winners for the stable during the 2016/17 season, the others being Redkirk Warrior (Newmarket Handicap), Vega Magic (Goodwood), He’s Our Rokii (Toorak Handicap) and Sheidel (Oakleigh Plate).

Credit: AAP

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