Lesage after winning on debut (Image: Racing Photos)
Godolphin's Kate Grimwade is reminded of a Group 1 winner when she sees unbeaten two-year-old filly Lesage at her Flemington stable.
"Lesage is out of our Group 1-winning mare Beaded and I think she has a lot of her mother's characteristics," said Grimwade, who manages Godolphin's Melbourne operation for head trainer James Cummings.
"She's a lovely filly, not overly big but like her mother she's as tough as they come."
Beaded, a daughter of Lonhro, was a late bloomer, making her debut eight months into her three-year-old season.
Beaded ended her career with 10 wins from 27 starts, her lone Group 1 success coming in the Doomben 10,000, and also filled the minor placings at the elite level on seven occasions.
Lesage has been patiently handled by Cummings, having three official trials in Sydney across two campaigns before making a winning debut over 1000 metres at Cranbourne on May 17.
The daughter of Exceed And Excel led throughout from barrier seven of nine under Dwayne Dunn to justify her favouritism, defeating Seatonic by the barest of margins.
"She did everything that we could have hoped and showed at Cranbourne that she's got a bit of her (Beaded's) ability. Hopefully on Saturday at Flemington she can show us that she's got the ability to go to the next level," Grimwade added.
WATCH: Lesage win on debut
Lesage is as much as $5 third favourite for Saturday's $125,000 Bruce Gadsden Handicap (1100m) at Flemington. She prepared for the race by sprinting up over 600m with a stablemate on Tuesday morning.
"She was tested out a little bit there and Maria, her regular trackwork rider, was really happy with her," Grimwade said.
"I think she'll be fine over 1100 metres. She's got the speed for 1000 metres but she seems to settle well in her work at home.
"The big question ahead of Saturday's race will be the straight, that's always a big ask for any young horse.
"She does have her quirks so it will be interesting to see how she handles the straight. If she can give us a repeat performance of what she did at Cranbourne we'd be very happy."
Meanwhile, Grimwade confirmed that last Saturday's Caulfield winner Bandipur and stablemate Morton's Fork would be offered for sale at the Gold Coast on Friday. The pair left Flemington for Queensland earlier in the week.
Bandipur carries plenty of sentiment with Cummings as his Listed Lightning Stakes (1050m) victory at Morphettville in July 2017 provided Cummings with his first Stakes success as Godolphin's Australian head trainer.
"We were delighted to sign off with a win with Bandipur, he's a stable favourite and we're all very fond of him," Grimwade said.
"Somebody's got a jewel to pick up there. Bandipur certainly won't be unnoticed in the sale ring as there's been a lot of people inquiring about him.
"I just hope he finds a nice home because he's a really, really beautiful horse and been an absolute warrior for our stable."