Art Series will back up in next Saturday’s Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) to take on the boys after posting a thrilling victory in the $200,000 Group 3 Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on Saturday.
The Darren McAuliffe-trained daughter of Sebring, ridden by Joe Azzopardi, fought on strongly to defeat gallant runner-up, Private Dancer by a nose with hot favourite Mikimoto a half-length away third.
Art Series broke through to land her maiden stakes victory after consecutive placings in the Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m) and Listed Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m) when she ran second to Mikimoto.
McAuliffe said Art Series, who has yet to miss the money in 10 career starts with five wins and five placings, had always shown potential since entering his stable.
“This filly came on a truck from the Hunter Valley and his main breeder Jake Anthonisz was going to syndicate her for a small amount of money,” McAuliffe said.
“I said to him you might want to have a look at her because she is the best filly I have ever clapped eyes on.
“I’m very very happy and we will see her in the Guineas.”
Azzopardi, who claimed his first group win, picked up the prized mount on Art Series following the suspension of regular jockey, Lee Newman.
“Gee she was tough and it was a massive race,” Azzopardi said.
“She dug deep and attacked the line well.
“I have to thank Lee (Newman) because it was his ride.
“He has done all the hard work and It was a bit of luck for me.”