Like A Lady all the way
DWIGHT CHEN's LIKE A LADY should relish a slower pace in tomorrow's fillies-only closing event after being used up in her last race, chasing the colt MY WAY down the backstretch and into the lane, eventually finishing fourth at 1100 metres.
Pushed to go after MY WAY from the gate, LIKE A LADY made a gallant attempt and actually hit the front at the top of the lane when the out-of-class colt ran wide. However, the DaCosta-trained colt rallied strongly on the outside to charge at LIKE A LADY and BIG DATA for a two-and-a-half length win, proving he was better than non-winners-of-two.
LIKE A LADY weakened into fourth, two and a quarter lengths away after having to do the dirty work from the gate, leaving her with no chance of getting a better placing as OCEAN SEEKER ran on in the last half furlong to grab third.
Drawn nicely at post-position six, LIKE A LADY should quickly circle the inside horses to claim the all-important rail run at the half-mile marker.
She never got a breather against MY WAY on last as BIG DATA was quickly on to her off the home turn. Tomorrow, however, she could be on her bridle to the top of the lane, giving her every chance to steal home under apprentice Bebeto Harvey.
Chen seems to have settled on 1100 metres as LIKE A LADY's favourite trip, sending the grey filly at the distance for three of her last four races, including a good fifth-place effort in her previous run. She led to the furlong pole and finished four and a half lengths behind CLASSY AVIATOR, BIRD CATCHER and BLUE MOON, a far tougher field than tomorrow's line-up.
GOLDEN GLORY, who beat her by almost a dozen lengths back in March has been struggling among non-winners of two since. ANOTHER FURY, the expected favourite, has been working really well but appears to be more of a pacer and could be run off her legs in the quick sprint.