Geisel Park filly Laced Up Heels looked a 3yo with a future after overcoming the odds to beat older horses at Ascot on Saturday.
The Toronado (Ire) filly went out a firming market-leader at $2.50 for the Conquer Cystic Fibrosis Hcp (1000m) but favourite punters would have been concerned when she missed the kick and was forced via the cape on the home-turn.
Meanwhile, Lexington City (City Place) was flying in front and looked the winner until Laced Up Heels let down with a finishing sprint that overwhelmed the leader. “More merit to her because the other one got it easier than I thought he would,” trainer Luke Fernie said.
“The heart-rate certainly got going in the last 50 metres and I wasn’t sure whether she had got the head down! She’s a nice horse and did a real good job to win. So did Brad (Parnham).”
Laced Up Heels (Photo / Western Racepix) had won a Northam maiden at her second start in September and then came from last to get within two lengths of Snowdome (Rommel) in a red-hot renewal of the Perth 3YO Classic (1000m) on October 8.
“She’s normally a placid filly at home but got worked up with the big crowd last week,” Fernie explained. “We added the ear-muffs today and the quick turnaround probably took the edge off her, too.
“She will only get better and more tractable over 1400m and 1600m. There are a few options like the Burgess Queen going into the Placid Ark.”
Laced Up Heels was a $100,000 buy for Geisel Park owner Eddie Rigg at the 2021 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. Her dam A City Girl (Exceed And Excel) has a perfect record at stud with previous winners by Magnus (2) and Fighting Sun.
It’s a Western Australian family going back through second-dam Lady Knockout (Serheed) who won the LR Belmont Guineas – LR Belmont Oaks double in 2002 and later went to Melbourne to win the G3 Matron Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.
Third-dam Prime Again (Marooned) won the G2 WA Champion Fillies Stakes in 1993 for owner-breeder Dallas Dempster and she also travelled east to win the G3 Auraria Stakes in Adelaide.