Shocking filly Arctic Shock set to step up in Saturday's Auraria Stakes on road to May's Australasian Oaks

 

Chris Meagher is hopeful a win in Saturday's Group 3 Auraria Stakes (1800m) at Morphettville can see emerging filly Arctic Shock begin to fill the void left in his stable after the retirement of pin-up galloper Savanna Amour.

Raced in the same interests as the five-time Stakes-winning daughter of Love Conquers All, Arctic Shock shot to prominence with a dominant three-length maiden win at Racing.com Park before a narrow placing behind Princess Jenni in the G3 Alexandra Stakes (1600m) at The Valley last month.

Meagher, who acquired the daughter of Shocking following Darren Weir's disqualification earlier this year, believes the filly will relish the step to 1800 metres on Saturday and ultimately the 2000m of the G1 Australasian Oaks in May.

"She's come through the Moonee Valley run in exceptional order and going into Saturday we couldn't be any more pleased with her," Meagher said.

"She's probably had three gallops since The Valley, we're just trying to keep her happy and maintain her fitness.

"She's very clean-winded and she's not a big, thick filly.

"It's worked out pretty good with the recent retirement of Savanna (Amour), this filly has stepped up to the plate for us and for On Track Syndications, who have been a huge supporter of the stable."

Savanna Amour, who was retired after an unplaced run in the Standish Handicap in January, won seven races and more than $650,000 in prizemoney, including the G2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) and the G3 How Now Stakes (1200m).

- RACING.COM

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