Chaillot maintained her perfect first-up record at Flemington on Saturday afternoon after taking out the Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes in a thrilling win for her owners.
Under the expert guidance of Declan Bates, Chaillot demonstrated her devastating turn of foot as she came down the outside of the field. The Testa Rossa mare, who had been backed into favouritism, powered home to win by half a length ahead of Need New Friends and Shout The Bar.
The win was exciting for Chaillot’s two groups of owners. The two groups include those who secured a share in her after Archie Alexander purchased her at the Adelaide Yearling Sale in 2017 and OTI owners who came into her following her win in the Listed ANZAC Day Stakes at Flemington in 2019.
It was a particularly momentous day for long-time OTI owner John Spence, who also celebrated Lunar Fox’s shock victory in the Group 1 Australian Guineas.
Archie Alexander and his dedicated team were also delighted by the win, which was extra special due to the mare’s resilience in overcoming an injury disrupted three-year-old year.
Following the setback, Chaillot returned to racing last spring with an impressive campaign that included a Benchmark 70 win at Flemington, a third in the Group 3 Ladies’ Day Vase and a fourth in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes.
This weekend’s Group 3 triumph bolsters her outstanding record and strengthens her broodmare value. In just seven career starts, she has four wins to her name, including two at Listed and Group 3 level.
Plans are now in place for Chaillot to head north in a fortnight to contest the Group 1 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill.
Congratulations to Chaillot’s connections – we’re looking forward to seeing her continue her autumn preparation!