TESTA Rossa’s latest Stakes winner, Pane In The Glass fired the first salvo in her Princess Series campaign with a thrilling win in yesterday’s Group 3 Silver Shadow Stakes (1300m) at Warwick Farm.
Last season’s joint top rated 2YO filly (with More Than Ready daughter Elite Falls) returned to racing in the best possible way powering down the middle of the track to etch her name alongside previous winners like Triscay, Angst, Samantha Miss, Ha Ha and Gold Edition.
Pane In The Glass’ supreme effort was an improvement on her first appearrance at Warwick Farm where she finished 3.5-lens third in the Sweet Embrace Stakes during the autumn.
“She didn’t run up to her best at her only previous run here so that did concern us,” winning trainer John Thompson.
“I thought if they were ever going to beat her it would now.”
But punters didn’t agree, rallying behind the chestnut who was sent out $3.20 favourite proving too good for promising filly Floretina and Keith Mackay Stakes winner Streama who finished third.
“Pane In The Glass was probably the best two-year-old filly last season but, when she went for a spell she still had not won a stakes-race,” Thompson said.
“I’m happy we have got this stakes win out of the way and she’s only going to improve with this run.”
Thompson ruled out a crack at next month’s $1 million Golden Rose (1400m) choosing instead to concentrate on the reamining three legs of the Princess Series culminating in the Group 1 Flight Stakes in October.
Pane In The Glass’ Silver Shadow triumph takes her record to 4 wins and 4 placings from her eight career starts with earnings of $625,500.
The Patinack Farm filly becomes Testa’s 35th Stakes winner and was the second Testa Rossa to win at Warwick Farm following on from earlier in the day when Sienna Red made it back to wins after surging clear to take the opening event.