EXHILARATING filly Ladies In Red left no doubt she is the best of her crop with an authoritative victory in Ballarat tonight.
Second-up from an eight-month spell, Ladies In Red blitzed her rivals in the Argent Classic.
Confident the daughter of Mach Three was ready to capture the feature, trainer Emma Stewart was surprised by the ease in which Ladies In Red accounted for a quality field.
“She has come up a treat, but is still short of her peak fitness,” Stewart said. “She did well to score first-up and has worked on sensationally this week, but I didn’t think she’d win that easily.
“She did it was great ease and David (Moran, driver) said she had plenty left if she was pushed harder.”
Beginning quickly from barrier seven, Ladies In Red worked to the lead as early pacemaker Eva Mateo was eased to take a trail.
Striding clear of the pack around the final bend, Ladies In Red cruised to an eight-and-a-half metre win from her stablemate, Tough Tilly, which was game after racing in the ‘death seat’.
Dougs Babe was 10 metres away third.
Rating 1:56.8 over 2200 metres, the three-year-old took her record to an impeccable 11 wins and a second from 12 starts for earnings of $285,520.
Citing next month’s Victoria Oaks on October 9 as Ladies In Red’s first major target, Stewart will also aim the pacer at her Breeders’ Crown title defence and Vicbred Super Series redemption.
Ladies In Red’s only defeat was in last season’s Vicbred Final won by Tough Tilly.
“She’s got some big races coming up over the next few months,” Stewart said. “She won’t do much between each series to keep her fresh as each one comes along.”