International Imports Headline Week Of Runners

Two of Champion's imported fillies are set to race this week with Mastercraftsman Filly, Regine heading to the Sunshine Coast on Sunday and Fastnet Rock filly, Atlantic Edge lining up at Taree on Monday.

Three year old Regine is second up following her solid debut run over 1400m at Nowra where she flashed home in third position. She steps up to 1600m in maiden company on Sunday and has made the trip up north where she will appreciate staying for a warmer winter. The half sister to Group 1 winner and Caulfield Runner up TRIP TO PARIS has gone from strength to strength this preparation since arriving from Ireland and has been pleasing trainer John Sargent in her work leading up to Sunday's race. She has drawn a touch awkward from barrier 10 in the field of 13 runners but with her good gate speed, she should be handy with some cover. Local jockey Jim Byrne has been booked for the ride and should be able to navigate a good run over the mile.

The main dangers in the race look to be the Robert Heathcote trained Kuttamurra (Monaco Consul) whose last start second at Eagle Farm over 1400m looks well respected in the field along with the Andrew Williamson trained Red Belter (Red Dazzler) who has been running consistent races over 1600m. Sunday's race will determine whether Regine is ready for a well deserved spell or perhaps progress to bigger things.

On Monday, our 4 year old mare Atlantic Edge is first-up off an encouraging trial this preparation. She'll contest in the 1410m Maiden Handicap at Taree (Race 2 @ 12:10pm). Trainer Kris Lees has noticed genuine improvement in her strength and trackwork which should hold her in good stead for a progressive preparation. Like Regine, she has also drawn barrier 10 in the field of 12 runners and will need positive ride from Andrew Gibbons. The hardest to beat in the field will be the Damien Lane trained Eyota (Reward For Effort) who has placed at her last 3 starts and has drawn to get a softer run from barrier 6. We're Smoking (Oratorio) can also run a good race in country grade after mixing her form at the provincials.

Best of luck to the connections of both fillies!

Pictured: Regine


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