The Gai Waterhouse-trained Speak Fondly has stamped herself as a genuine chance of success at the highest level at Randwick over the weekend; producing an impressive effort to beat a talented field to the line in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m).
Jumping from the gates well, jockey Kerrin McEvoy immediately led the Northern Meteor filly forward to take up the pace; setting a reasonable tempo to ensure a fast-run race.
Offered a clear racing line upon arriving at the final straight, Speak Fondly quickly spooled up and kicked clear of her closest rivals; hitting the line close to two lengths in the clear of closest rival and stable mate Kimberley Star; consistent filly Lake Geneva boxing on for third.
In taking out the 2015 Silver Shadow Stakes, Speak Fondly extended her impressive career start to two wins and two minors through only five competitive starts.
Debuting to racing for a credible third in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) in October, Speak Fondly returned this year for a close second in the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) on February 28th before posting a maiden win in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) on March 14th.
Kimberley Star had not contested a black type race prior to the 2015 Silver Shadow Stakes but more than justified her inclusion in savaging the line for second.
Performing well in a pair of minor sprints upon debuting to racing in late 2014, the Star Witness Filly needed two runs to find form this time but won each of her three starts leading into the 2015 Silver Shadow Stakes, including the All Too Hard @ Vinery Maiden (1300m) by close to four lengths.
A standout performer for Team Hawkes through the recent Sydney Autumn Carnival, Lake Geneva debuted to racing for second in the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m); progressing to a credible third in each of the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) most notably.
Punters who backed Speak Fondly to win the 2015 Silver Shadow Stakes with Ladbrokes.com.au have been paid out on generous $5 odds for success!
2015 Silver Shadow Stakes Results
|1||1||SPEAK FONDLY||Gai Waterhouse||Kerrin McEvoy||–||1||57kg||$5|
|2||4||KIMBERLEY STAR||Gai Waterhouse||Tim Clark||1.3L||5||54kg||$3.10|
|3||3||LAKE GENEVA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||4.1L||3||54kg||$2.80F|
|4||5||ITALY||John O’Shea||Glen Boss||5.1L||6||54kg||$10|
|5||2||FIREWORKS||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||6.4L||2||56kg||$13|
|6||6||KANGARILLA JOY||Peter & Paul Snowden||Christian Reith||6.5L||4||54kg||$11|