Bigger things ahead: My Country (right) runs second to Tessera at Randwick in January. Photo: bradleyphotos上海m.auMy Country will always have the honour of being the first winner on the new Eagle Farm circuit and that trip away to Brisbane has her ready to take the next step in the spring.
Peter and Paul Snowden have mapped out a spring return in Saturday’s Furious Stakes at Randwick, where she is joined by stablemate Quick Feet, but it isn’t locked in.
“My Country is a quality filly and the plan was to get her ready for this race after the trip away,” Paul Snowden said.
“She is going good and ready to go, but we want to be a bit careful with her because she has a big spring in front of her. We will have a discussion if the rain comes and might have to wait with her.
“She has shown us how good she is by getting to that black-type level last time off just one run. She has grown up a lot and is more relaxed in herself now. I think we are going to see a different filly again this time.”
While the rain might work against My Country, it could benefit Quick Feet, which has had the benefit of two runs since her spell.
She found the line well late when third to Omei Sword in the Silver Shadow Stakes a fortnight ago and is ready to step up in trip.
“She would love it to be the old Furious at 1400 metres after that last run,” Snowden said. “She is looking to step up and she looks very strong. She sort of hit a flat spot there in the straight in the Silver Shadow for a while then really attacked the line well. She is going to be coming hard at the end again because that is her style.”
Kerrin McEvoy takes the ride again on Quick Feet and he believes she will be suited by more testing conditions.
“I rode her trackwork and Peter and Paul have done a good job to keep her on the fresh side,” McEvoy said. “She is a nice filly that is fit and handles Randwick, which is important. I can’t wait for the trips to step up with her because she feels like she will love it.”
McEvoy has also picked up the ride on Le Romain – which was runner-up when resuming in the Show County Quality – in the Tramway Stakes with Christian Reith suspended. “I actually beat him first-up on Tycoon Tara, but I know Christian and Kris [Lees, trainer] were very happy with that run,” McEvoy said.
“He has performed well second-up in the past and was second to Press Statement in the Hobartville [Stakes] over the Randwick 1400m. He would have improved with the run, I think he is a very good ride in a race of many chances.