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Trainers Graeme Rogerson and Peter Moody have labelled the all-conquering Redoute’s Choice filly Miss Finland the ‘the best horse racing in Australia.’
At Tuesday’s barrier draw for the $2m, Group I, David Jones AJC Australian Derby (2400m) to be held at Randwick on Saturday Rogerson was in no doubt about the status of the filly.
“Miss Finland is Australia’s best racehorse,” said the veteran trainer who won the Derby in 1997 with Ebony Grosve (NZ).
Moody backed this up on Wednesday when he said the filly was ‘the one to beat.’
“Miss Finland is arguably the best three-year-old, and probably the best horse in the land,” he said. “She is the one to beat.”
Nevertheless, both Moody and Rogerson have entrants for the Derby that they have high hopes for.
Moody has Ambitious General who was second behind Rogerson’s He’s No Pie Eater in the Group I Dubai Rosehill Guineas (2000m) at Rosehill on March 24th. The Caulfield trainer is hoping that the General Nediym colt is throwing to his dam side for his stamina for the 2400m.
Ambitious General has stepped up in distance from 1200m on January 13th, to the 2000m at Rosehill, and each time he has not been further back than third place over five races.
Rogerson’s He’s No Pie Eater has been the surprise package of the autumn, but after two Group I wins in succession there is no doubting the Canny Lad colt’s ability. He won the Chipping Norton Stakes over the older horses at weight-for-age, and then had too much turn of foot for his own generation in the Rosehill Guineas.
“”I don’t think one and a half miles (2400m) is the true distance for my horse, but he is a very good horse,” said Rogerson.
Tony Vasil, trainer of Emirates Doncaster Handicap favourite Haradasun, was in accord with the thinking of his fellow trainers on Tuesday.
“Miss Finland is the best filly in Australia and she is back to three-year-old company with a weight advantage,” said Vasil.
“She will be extremely hard to beat,” he said.
Miss Finland, the current favourite for the race, has the 2kg weight allowance over the colts and geldings. She demolished the field of fillies in the Arrowfield Stud Stakes over 2000m last Saturday by 2L without being extended.
On Saturday Miss Finland, trained by David Hayes, and to be ridden by Craig Williams, races over 2400m, for just the second time, after her win in the spring in the Crown Oaks over 2500m at Flemington.