Adelaide Looms For Misty Metal


Speedy mare Misty Metal could be set for the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville in May, following her third Listed race win in the Miss Andretti Stakes (1100m) on Saturday.

The four-year-old settled off the speed set by Belter in Saturday’s feature, before she stormed away from her rivals over the last 100m to score by two lengths.

It added to her wins in the Jungle Mist Classic and the Summer Scorcher in the past two months.

Speaking on TABradio this morning, co-trainer Todd Harvey said he would look to give the mare a chance to race at the highest level this year.

“She was super, she’s really exciting,” he said.

“She’s got a very high cruising speed and when she gets comfortable and they’re going quick enough, she can really explode.

“She’s pulled up really well, but we’re not quite sure yet what we will do.

“We might take her to Adelaide for something like the Sangster or the Proud Miss that Dainty Tess went for last year.”

Harvey said he had some minor concerns going into the Miss Andretti Stakes, but was thrilled with how she overcame them.

“We were a bit concerned with the extra weight and the outside barrier,” he said.

“There looked to be a bit of extra speed in that race on Saturday, so we were a bit concerned about that too.

“As we keep raising the bar, she keeps hopping over it.”

Harvey said he wasn’t sure if Misty Metal would line up in the Listed Scenic Blast Stakes on February 2.

Meanwhile, Fontainebleu, a winner of the Western Racepix Handicap (1800m) at Ascot on Saturday, will head to the Listed Detonator Stakes (1800m) on February 23.

Trainer Lindsey Smith said he would also give the tough mare a chance at more feature race success, after she won the Starstruck Classic last month.

“We decided to lead, as there wasn’t a lot of pace on,” he said.

“It was a good effort and she will go to the Detonator Stakes.

“We will keep her ticking along and maybe give her a trial in between.”

Smith said First Among Equals, who finished sixth to Misty Metal at his first start back in WA after a Melbourne campaign, put in a ‘fair’ performance and would now step up in distance.

Tim Walker