Classy filly Every chance against top colts in San Domenico
Top filly Every Rose showed she can compete with the best colts of her generation as a juvenile and trainer Mark Newnham believes she can do it again in Saturday's Group III San Domenico Stakes at Randwick.
The daughter of Choisir is the only filly among six acceptors for the three-year-old 1100m test as she prepares to face off against a list of top three-year-old colts.
A case could be made for all of her rivals which includes Golden Slipper placegetter Mamaragan, Kindergarten Stakes winner Doubtland, Rosebud standout Anders, the unbeaten colt Peltzer and Group II placegetter Osamu.
Every Rose boasts a reasonable resume of her own and has a Group III win to own name already after winning the Gimcrack Stakes last October.
But it was her two proceeding runs after her debut win which provided Newnham with added confidence.
Every Rose finished a close runner-up to subsequent Golden Slipper winner Farnan and dual Group I winner King's Legacy at her next two starts in December.
"Her form against the colts has been good," Newnham said.
"It took the two colts that ended up winning the three Sydney Group Is to beat her.
"Farnan beat her in the Wyong Magic Millions and King's Legacy beat her in Bruce McLachlan at Eagle Farm so she has done it before and I thought this 1100m on good ground was the best place to start her off.
"I didn't want to run her 1200m first-up on wet ground last week and have always had this race in mind."
Every Rose was sent for a spell after one uncharacteristic autumn run but has impressed early in her three-year-old season, trialing twice and winning on both occasions ahead of her return.
Newnham was buoyed by the good draw in barrier one with jockey Rachel King in the hot seat on the weekend.
"She has improved physically and the trials have shown she is versatile enough to not be one dimensional when she gets to a race," Newnham said.
"She doesn't have to lead. She can sit in between them if she gets an option there.
"It is nice to know she has a bit more to her repertoire."
Newnham plans to get through Saturday before deciding the next step with Every Rose with border restrictions set to play a central role to his filly's preparation.
"There are better options for her in Melbourne but I would rather leave it towards the end of the prep and I don't think she is going to stretch over much further," he said.
"I will keep her to the sprinting trips."