Filipa Rosehill Bound

By: Alex Steedman      

Promising Matthew Dale-trained Filipa will encounter a steep rise in class after an easy win on debut when the well bred three-year-old faces Group placed Zutara in the $70,000 Bacardi Breezer Handicap (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

Filipais among nine acceptors for the fillies Handicap (1200m) which sees the Gai Waterhouse-trained Zutara at the top of the weights with 59.5kg.

Even with proven metropolitan runners in the event, trainer Matthew Dale believes his filly is suited to Saturday's race.

“She's a nicely bred filly and I like to keep those young fillies against their own age and sex if you can,” Dale said.

“The right race presented itself on Saturday so we'll go up and see how we get on.

“Obviously it is a step up in grade for her but she is against three-year-old fillies all the same and down in the weights with a nice barrier.

“Gai's topweight Zutara ran third in a Group race last campaign but has been weighted accordingly with 59.5 kilos.”

The rise to metropolitan Saturday company comes after Filipa recorded an impressive win on debut at Canberra on August 20.

Despite not having it all her own way, the Encosta De Lago filly recorded an eye-catching one length win against older horses in a 1080m Maiden Plate.

“She got caught a little bit wide and she was about three or four deep the whole race without cover,” Dale said.

“The third horse Gorgeous Amelia has come out and won well since.”

Just Filipa's second career start, Saturday's $70,000 Bacardi Breezer Handicap (1200m) according to Dale will go a long way in determining the remainder of her spring campaign.

“What we do with her this campaign will hinge on how she performs on Saturday,” Dale said.

“We've jumped quite steeply in grade and how she runs on Saturday will determine the rest of her preparation.”

A positive result for Filipa on Saturday would prove to be particularly valuable for the well bred filly and connections.

By Encosta De Lago, Filipa is out of multiple stakes winning mare Crevette. Crevette is a full sister to Group 1 winning Hong Kong sprint star Fairy King Prawn and a half to Australian Group 1 winner and stallion Easy Rocking.

Filipa is Crevette's first ever foal to race and a successful career at the track would greatly maximize the broodmare value of both Filipa and her dam.

“It's a privilege to be entrusted with such a well bred filly who looks to have a nice future,” Dale said.

“I trained another horse called Biancalaura for the same connections. The breeder Catherine Remond approached me to take on this filly and I was very excited to do so.

Filipa races in red silks with yellow sleeves and a pale blue cap, colours steeped in racing history. The same colours were seen on one of Australia's greatest ever racehorses in Todman.

Bred by Catherine Remond's father Stanley Wootton, Todman was one of Australia's greatest ever racehorses winning 10 of 12 starts.

A majority of his victories were recorded at Group 1 level between 1956 and 1960.

“They've been breeders for a long time and their horses race in Todman's colours,” Dale said.

“Catherine Remond's father actually bred and raced Todman so Filipa races in colours with a lot of tradition.”

Another well bred filly who won on debut for Matthew Dale is Madam Pandora. The Reset three-year-old posted an easy two length victory at Canberra's Thoroughbred Park on September 6 in a 1206m maiden plate.

Regardless of the promising win, Dale intends on giving Madam Pandora a short first campaign.

“She'll have one more run at Wagga on the 20th or possibly go for a spell, we haven't decided as yet,” Dale said.

“She's an immature filly with quite a lot of maturing to do. She will go out for a spell and become a more seasoned filly when she comes back.”