Choice of diamonds or gold in autumn for Sheikh’s filly


“It wasn’t my plan to whip around him and pocket him, I expected him to come with me but at the time I made my move his horse wasn’t taking me into the race and I was losing touch with those leading two.

“I expected a pretty forward showing from this horse and, with her race experience, I wasn’t afraid to make her use herself.

“She impressed me the way she went into it. Even though she put a gap on them I thought she was inclined to switch off a little bit in front so I think she’s got a bit more to offer.”

We will probably give her a freshen-up and see how she comes through, but I’d either be thinking Blue Diamond or Golden Slipper.

Annabel Neasham

When Bowman decided to go on Muntaseera, she let down well. From the stands, it looked like she bumped Chilliwack back in at the 300m mark, but it was more a case of the other two-year-old hanging.

“I wasn’t cornering very well, so I was just trying to get around there and balance him up,” James McDonald told stewards of Chilliwack.

“Mine wanted to go proper left and Hughie really straightened  him up when he went past.

“I wanted to go with her but I couldn’t quicken like she did.”

Muntaseera, which is homebred by  Sheikh Khalifa Al Maktoum, will be aimed at an autumn campaign. The stable holds a good opinion of her and, with race experience on her side, she will only get better.

“She looked like she wasn’t travelling that well before the turn. I’d be interested whether they were going quick up front but she gave a beautiful kick,” Ciaron Maher and David Eustace representative Annabel Neasham said.

“She is a filly we have always had a very big opinion of, and I’m grateful to Sheikh Khalifa and Tim Stakemire. It’s the first year we have trained for them, and we’ve got a couple of really smart fillies for them now heading into the autumn.

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“We will probably give her a freshen-up and see how she comes through, but I’d either be thinking Blue Diamond or Golden Slipper.”

Bowman said it might not of have been the strongest juvenile race of the season, but the way Muntaseera did it showed a bit of quality and the ability to stretch out in trip.

“I probably expected to win a bit on what she did in Melbourne, but she didn’t disappoint,” Bowman said.

“I think she’s got a good bit of improvement and I think her distance range will open up a good lot of options for her.

“I think she will be effective over 1200 and it wouldn’t surprise me to see her effective over a distance up to a mile, possibly, so I think there is a lot of scope there.

“She is still a bit immature physically to my eye, so there is a plenty of horse to work with.”

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