Betcha Flying

Craig Williams celebrates Betcha Flying's win (Image: Racing Photos)

Betcha set for back-up

Twice placed at Listed level previously, Betcha Flying will make her first appearance at Group 1 level next weekend after winning the $108,000 Flt Lt Peter Armytage Handicap (1700m) at Flemington on Saturday.

The Chris Waller-trained filly was expertly handled by Craig Williams, settling behind the pace before quickening best off a sit-sprint tempo to win by three-quarters of a length.

The race was dominated by those who settled up on the pace, with Independent Road and Excelman filling the minor placings after jumping from the inside two barriers.

WATCH: Betcha Flying's win

"Adelaide is the plan," said Waller's Melbourne stable foreman Jo Taylor, referring to next Saturday's G1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville where she may be joined by fourth and fifth placegetters Debt'n'deficit and Flandersrain.

"She'll freshen up this week and head to Adelaide either on Wednesday or Thursday evening and try and back her up and do the same in the Oaks next Saturday."

Williams won't be permitted to continue his association with Betcha Flying in the Australasian Oaks due to COVID-19 protocols which require jockeys to spend 14 days in quarantine when crossing the Victoria-South Australia border.

"Unfortunately, I can't ride her, I'd love to ride her in a Group 1 over 10 furlongs (2000 metres)," Williams said.

Waller prepared the Australasian Oaks winner in 2017 when Egg Tart claimed the three-year-old fillies feature off a 1600-metre victory at Flemington on Anzac Day.