TALENTED mare Hows The Memory will be kept fresh ahead of her next target.
Triumphant in the Sibelia Stake at Club Menangle last night, Hows The Memory earned a berth in the famed Ladyship Mile.
Australasia’s premier mares’ sprint, the Group One is scheduled to be conducted at Menangle in a fortnight night.
Hows The Memory’s stablemate Bettor Enforce will also contest the $200,000 feature.
“Neither Hows The Memory or Bettor Enforce will race again before the Ladyship,” trainer Craig Cross said.
“They’ve had steady racing and are right at their peak, now it’s a matter of keeping them ticking over at home and keeping them right.
“It’s not going to be an easy race, but they’ve earned their spot and will be competitive.”
With Todd McCarthy holding the reins, Hows The Memory began quickly from the pole but was unable to hold out Soho Nolita which led from barrier six before being eased to take a trail behind Havtime.
Gaining a saloon passage along the home straight, Hows The Memory dashed to a metre-and-a-half win from Pick Up Line, with Bettor Enforce two-and-a-half metres away third.
“It wasn’t looking good for her along the back, but she got the perfect split up the straight,” Cross said.
“She finished off as you’d expect with that kind of run and that will have her nice and tight as we get ready for the Ladyship.”
Covering the 1609-metre trip in 1:512, the daughter of Mach Three stretched her record to 13 wins and nine placings from 36 starts.