Trainer Neville Parnham has flagged a Melbourne campaign for star filly Kay Cee who continued her golden winter campaign at Belmont on Saturday.
After her first-up win in the Listed Raconteur Stakes (1400m) two weeks ago, Kay Cee landed a feature race double in the Listed WAROA-Belmont Guineas (1600m).
Kay Cee is on track to target Perth’s Group 1 races later this year, the Railway Stakes (1600m) and Kingston Town Classic (1800m), a race she won last December,
Parnham said he’s weighing up if Kay Cee should make a brief appearance in Melbourne before big races at home, but has ruled out having a shot at the $7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m) in Sydney.
“The only thing set in stone is she will be set for the Railway and Kingston Town,” Parnham said.
“Whether she makes a cameo appearance in Victoria is possible, but I think it would be highly unlikely she will go to Sydney.
“I know it’s a lot of money, but it’s new territory and it’s not that easy to get there.
“When you look at the crop of three-year-olds in Australia last year, they are good horses.
“We might just stay at home and do our best here.”
Kay Cee was sent out the $1.50 favourite, but had to work out to record her sixth career victory from 10 career starts.
Snagged back to the rear of the seven-horse field by jockey, Steven Parnham, Kay Cee met stubborn resistance from runner-up Cambist in the straight.
Both gallopers came together inside the final 50m to battle it out, but it was Kay Cee who got the better of the duel and won by a half-length.
Laverrod and Karijini Aurora filled third and fourth placings respectively.
Despite a close tussle with Cambist, Parnham was confident Kay Cee had the race in her keeping.
“She doesn’t make it look easy, but she is a winner and finds a way to win,” Parnham said.
“Turning for home I knew she had them in her keeping, I thought she won well on the line.
“She finds a way to get past horses and will probably go to the Belmont Oaks now.
“It just depends on how she pulls up, but a likely way she will be going.
“At set weights she will be very hard to beat.”
The Belmont Oaks (2000m) is run on July 4.