SATIN SHOES DANCES IN MELBOURNE

Aug 13, 2011

Clarry'S  decision to shun Sydney's three-year-old fillies' program in favour of Melbourne's has paid off after Satin Shoes lasted to claim the Listed Quezette Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

He  cited a lack of sprint races for three-year-old fillies for his decision to base Satin Shoes at son Heath's Geelong stable for her spring campaign.

"There was one race for her next week before they all go up to 1400 and 1600 so I thought it was a waste of time staying in Sydney so that is why she is here (Melbourne),” Conners said.

I  initially thought the Vain Stakes would be an "easy race” for Satin Shoes but the strength of the 12-horse field changed his opinion.

Things went to plan for Satin Shoes and her jockey Michael Rodd in the early stages of the $100,000 race after the pair found cover behind the early pacemaker Leoncita.

Rodd asked Satin Shoes to accelerate rounding the home turn but the jockey said the daughter of Flying Spur's reaction was not what he expected.

"I probably learned something today, when you let her down, you just do it slowly,” Rodd said.

"On the turn, I gave her a good click and she just took off and wanted to give me 10 lengths she was doing it so fast, all she could give me was five.”

Satin Shoes pinched a break on her rivals but the filly had to fight hard under her 58.5kg impost to hold off the Peter Moody-trained Metonymy, who failed narrowly to catch the winner with a 3.5kg weight advantage.

"I thought that was very encouraging,” Conners said. "I said halfway down the running ‘if this filly wins it has been a good ride' because he (Rodd) taught her to settle and get to the line.

"She will improve; she is a very gross filly. She has done super here, now she has won, that is nice. We will just keep going from here on.”