Kalkarni Royale after winning at The Valley (Image: Racing Photos)
Emerging filly Kalkarni Royale will back up in Saturday's Listed Creswick Stakes (1200m) at Flemington after pleasing trainer Kevin Corstens with her recovery from a dominant win at The Valley.
The daughter of Nicconi made it three wins from four career starts with the two-length victory under Dwayne Dunn, which followed similarly impressive on-pace performances at Mornington and Cranbourne during the autumn.
Corstens said the Creswick Stakes - a race won in recent years by subsequent Group 1 stars Nature Strip and Gytrash - had always been in the back of his mind with the filly who, after arriving in his care with some minor knee issues, has benefited from his beach-centric training regime.
"She came through the run super, she's eaten really well in the last two days and she was on her toes down at the beach this morning so she's really bouncing out of her skin," Corstens said.
"You only get one Creswick a year for the three-year-olds so it seemed like the choice for her.
"I think she's definitely a progressive filly and it wouldn't be out of the question for her to be very competitive in Stakes grade."
Victory on Saturday would be Corstens' second Stakes win, almost 15 years after he prepared Dea to win the Let's Elope Stakes at Flemington.
The Tyabb-based horseman said a feature win with Kalkarni Royale would carry extra significance given his recent move to a new training property and the close involvement of key family members in his business, including his son and foreman Will Larkin.
The filly is also his first horse for popular syndicators Bennett Racing and Corstens is optimistic about a fruitful long-term association.
"It would be super for Nathan and the team at Bennett Racing and as for the team here, I think we'd party for a week afterwards if she was able to win," he said.