PROMISING filly La Mexicana will be set for the Group 1 Surround Stakes in Sydney next year after finishing in the money again.
The daughter of I Am Invincible sustained a strong gallop in the Twilight Glow Stakes at Sandown, stretching out beyond 1200m for the first time, and only found the smart Hindaam better in the finish.
La Mexicana, who won the Listed Crockett Stakes on Cox Plate Day, boasts three wins – all on rain-affected tracks – and two placings in five career starts.
Her performance on Saturday was enough for co-trainer Sam Freedman to pencil in the Sydney autumn as a viable option and especially if she strikes wet ground.
“She got pestered a little bit in the run and had to spend too much early,” Freedman said.
“She got the trip but just had to do too much work.
“We think she’ll be better with give in the ground so we’ll look to Sydney and the Surround Stakes in the autumn.”
It could prove to be a nice form race with the fancied Highly Discreet and Way To Go Paula making up good ground to round out the top five despite interrupted runs.
The Twilight Glow produced the impressive Xilong last year for Tony and Calvin McEvoy, with that filly going on to run third in the Surround at Randwick.
La Mexicana might cross paths with Hindaam again in the future, with the Shadwell-owned Lindsay Park filly to be spelled for the autumn.
“She’s going to go to a nice grassy paddock,” co-trainer Ben Hayes said of the $850,000 yearling purchase, whose dam is a full-sister to dual Group 1 winner Merchant Navy.
“She might be a question mark out to a mile, she looked like she was going to win really easily.”
In the end Hindaam held a clear margin of a half length after looking like she would win much more easily.
“She could be just a good 1200-1400 metre horse but maybe we can get her further over time.”
Originally published asFreedman puts La Mexicana away for Sydney autumn
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