Archie Alexander has welcomed into his stable another quality stayer with the arrival of the New Zealand three-year-old filly, Wee Gilly.
As a relation to Caulfield Cup winner Imposera and Spring Champion Stakes winner Imprimatur, this late developing filly, who is already Stakes-placed, is poised to reach great heights as a stayer. To add to the filly’s breeding credentials and breeding value, the filly is a daughter of Roc De Cambes, the sire OTI’s New Zealand Derby winner, Vin De Dance.
The filly was acquired after Phil Cataldo was most impressed with her strong maiden win over 2200m in April and her fast-finishing 3rd nine days later in a 2000m Listed Warstep Stakes at Riccarton.
When being the opportunity of training the filly, Archie commented, ‘It is not often that you are presented with a filly on an upward trend that already has proven performance. Her turn of foot is quite superior, and her breeding indicates she will have no trouble being competitive in our major staying races as she matures. I hope I can get a couple of runs into her as a 3yo before we spell her in preparation for a late Spring campaign.’
As with all OTI horses, patience will be used to ensure that this filly’s long-term career is managed to give her the chance to be a top racehorse. We are also conscious of enhancing her breeding value in the process. It is very exciting to think that the filly could be ready to race for her new partners in June.