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By Glenn Davis
Talented filly Vanna Girl will be on a mission to boost her ratings ahead of a Melbourne spring campaign when she tackles Group 2 company for the first time in The Roses at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Vanna Girl is aiming to stretch her winning sequence to four as she chases her seventh win from 10 starts when she steps out in the 1800-metre feature.
The Roses has attracted a strong field of 14 plus one emergency, with Sydney trainer Mark Newham accepting with three runners - Celestial Falls, Money Magic and Soul Purpose.
The race is normally the traditional lead-up to the Group 1 Queensland Oaks but is the main staying feature for fillies this year after the Queensland Oaks was scrapped due to COVID-19.
The training partnership of Toby and Trent Edmonds was disappointed when the Queensland Oaks was abandoned as it had been earmarked as Vanna Girl’s main winter target.
Vanna Girl will be aiming to become the first Queensland-trained filly to win The Roses since Bryan Guy won the race with Lasoron in 2007.
“She’s going to the paddock after The Roses and if she wins, we’ll prep her for the spring in Melbourne,” Trent Edmonds said.
“The Matriarch Stakes is a fillies and mares race which should suit her and we can aim a bit higher if she wins The Roses.
“It’s a Group 2 race and is a good target for her at this stage.
“Her rating is high enough now for a Group 2 but a win in The Roses will lift her rating a bit more which will help her get into some of the bigger southern races if we decide to head that way.”
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Edmonds said Vanna Girl had shown her toughness as she has been in work since October last year.
“She’s an iron filly and has been in work since she trialed in October,” he said.
“She’s only had two weeks off now and then during this campaign.”
Brad Stewart, who won the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate on Ballistic Boy last Saturday, has retained the ride on Vanna Girl.
Vanna Girl, a sister to Edmonds’ handy mare Plucky Girl, cost $40,000 as a yearling has already earned almost $270,000.
Her broodmare value skyrocketed after winning her past two starts at Listed level in the Daybreak Lover and Pam O’Neill, both at Doomben last month.
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