Spanish Whisper (left) wore down Victory Kingdom late (Image: Racing Photos)
Spanish Whisper booked her ticket to Sydney after winning Saturday's $200,000 Kewney Stakes (1400m) for three-year-old fillies at Flemington.
Lindsay Park Racing prepared the quinella as Spanish Whisper ($7.50) settled fourth and ran beyond Victory Kingdom ($12), who had raced outside the lead, to win by a neck.
Angelic Ruler ($2.60 favourite) raced in restricted room until the final 200 metres before flying late for third, a further short-half head away.
WATCH: Spanish Whisper's win
Spanish Whisper was purchased by Mark Pilkington and Darren Thomas after winning at Group 2 level and being placed at Group 1 level in New Zealand as a juvenile.
The daughter of Lope de Vega didn't win in her first Australian campaign last spring but her best performance also came second-up over 1400m when finishing runner-up to subsequent Australian Guineas winner Mystic Journey in the Listed Jim Moloney Stakes last September.
"She cost a lot of money and being an Australian Group 2 winner now it gives her a chance to be a Group 1 filly," said co-trainer David Hayes.
"I think she's got it all ahead of her because she's just learning how to do things right, she's been a little aggressive and taken a while to settle in.
"That was a good win because she dug deep and beat what I think is a good filly," Hayes added, referring to Victory Kingdom.
Spanish Whisper will now be targeted at the $1 million Group 1 Coolmore Legacy Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on April 13.
WATCH: Hear from Hayes