Zou Dancer, ridden by Jamie Kah, wins the Vanity (Image: Racing Photos)
Troy Corstens said connections will have to consider their options, but the Group 1 Australian Guineas in two weeks looks a lock-in for filly Zou Dancer after her incredible win in the Group 3 Vanity at Flemington.
Zou Dancer carried a low domestic rating of just 68 into the race but she emerged as a potential Group 1 winner after she spanked VRC Oaks winner Personal by almost five lengths when recording a most impressive time for the 1400-metre journey.
The three-year-old filly, who was having just her fifth race start, recorded a sizzling 1:22.19 for the journey and only an hour or so early the Group 1-bound Regardsmaree won over the same trip in a time almost one second slower than Zou Dancer (1:22.32).
Corstens, who trains the filly in partnership with father Leon, said the $1 million Australian Guineas (1600m) looked the race to aim for with the Zoustar filly, who cost $150,000 as a yearling for owners Bennett Racing.
‘’I’d say you’d have to start looking at the Australian Guineas," Corstens said.
‘’We talked about it and we don’t want to put the cart before the horse but we’ll have a talk to Jamie (Kah) and see what she thinks."
Starting the $3.60 favourite, Zou Dancer had a four and three quarter length margin over Personal ($4.60) with a half-length to Starelle ($8.50) in third place.
Corstens said he felt the fillies could match it with the colts this season. "I think they’re very even at the moment. I’m really looking forward to the CS Hayes and seeing that. The fillies are going really well.
"We’ve only had her for this preparation," he explained. "She came from Tony & Calvin (McEvoy) and she came to us in terrific order so we can’t say we developed her from young horse but the Bennett boys said they were giving us a really good horse and they were right."
Kah, who brought up a double with the filly after an earlier win aboard Quantum Mechanic in the opening event, said "she’s got a motor this girl".
"The way she got to the leader was effortless and the way she got to the line, she did it so easily," she said.
"The way she was pricking her ears I thought they may be catching her but if someone came up and challenged her, she (still) would have put a few lengths on them."