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4/8/2019 Taraayef set for stakes company after impressive Moonee Valley win

The hugely-promising Taraayef (Lonhro) picked up where she left off as a juvenile with a taking victory at Moonee Valley. The Lindsay Park-trained filly overcame a wide passage to run out a comfortable winner of the Hygain Tracktorque Handicap (1000m), beating Rumble Doll (Street Boss) by a long neck with another a length and three quarters back to Absolute Flirt (Stratum) in third. The victory marked a second from three starts for the progressive filly, who looks set for a rise in grade at her next start. "For the moment we'll keep her to the sprint distances as she was dominant here and she likes The Valley," co-trainer Ben Hayes said. "It was a good strong win as she looked like she star-gazed once she hit the front. We'll get through her next couple of runs here and hopefully she might stretch out and prove to be a Thousand Guineas filly." Gold was not as hot on the prospect of Taraayef stretching out to the 1600 metres of the Thousand Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) in October, pointing to her abundant speed as a reason to stick to sprinting trips. “I think that she’s unlikely to be a Thousand Guineas horse straight away if they’re concentrating on going six furlongs around Moonee Valley in September,” he said. “In this part of the world we’d be trying to do one or the other but I would never say never. “She’s a nice, homebred Lonhro filly with plenty of speed. I like the look of her. They [Lindsay Park] always thought quite highly of her last year but she just had a few immaturity issues. “I spoke to David [Hayes] this morning and they’re thinking of going six furlongs next time in a couple of weeks, either in a conditions race or a Listed race [Atlantic Jewel Stakes]. “She doesn’t have the best front legs, so if we can make her a stakes winner over 1200 metres then that would be great for the stud, then we can see if she is able to stretch out a bit.”