Richard Collett has no doubt that his progressive Myboycharlie three-year-old Florence Hill will be at her best over a classic trip as is that other superstar Myboycharlie filly Jameka, winner of the Group I VRC Oaks and MRC Caulfield Cup.
“She’s a 2400 metre filly and she always has been,” the Pukekohe Park trainer said. “She’s a big, rangy type so there’s a few options ahead of her.”
Florence Hill exceeded expectations when she was successful on debut at Ruakaka in October and she backed that up with a third placing against the older horses on her home course last month.
“She surprised me a bit first-up, that was a bonus, and I wanted to get her on a bigger track here at Pukekohe,” Collett said.
“Unfortunately, she drew the outside over 1400 metres and she really got home well.”
The stable is now keen to test Florence Hill against the best of her age group.
“We’ll probably run her at Ellerslie on Boxing Day in the Eight Carat Classic,” Collett said.
“The first priority is to get some black type and I think she can do that over a mile.”
Florence Hill holds a nomination for the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby, as does her talented stablemate Top Prospect, while the Gr.1 Wellfield New Zealand Oaks is another obvious longer-term target.