By Adam Hamilton
For about 25 minutes, Kiwi filly Lady Chatto might have been nominal favourite for the Bathurst Gold Tiara final.
Then along came My Sweetchilliphilly.
In any normal year, Lady Chatto’s runaway 21.6m heat win last night (Wednesday) in a 1min57.5sec mile rate 1730m would have seen labelled a “good thing” to win the final.
All that changed when the Shane and Lauren Tritton-trained My Sweetchilliphilly won by 22.3m and went a blazing 1min55.3sec mile rate.
“It’s not as if she went straight to the front, either,” Shane Tritton said. “She was three-wide the first quarter in a 28.9sec split … that was the quickest opening quarter of the heats.
“She is very classy, fast and strong. She could be exceptional.”
My Sweetchilliphilly’s heat win followed a debut win, also at Bathurst, by 59.7m in the same 1min55.3sec mile rate on February 19.
“She’s come through it well. Lady Chatto looked good as well,” Tritton said. “If the draw goes Lady Chatto’s way and she leads, then it will give us a chance to really see how good our filly is.”
Adding to the merit of My Sweetchilliphilly’s form is the fact the filly she beat by half the straight on debut, Now Eye See, has won both starts since, including her Tiara heat in a 1min58.1sec.
The other Tiara heat winners were: Our Chateau Lafite (1min58.9sec); Quinzel (2min0.3sec) and Prophesy (1min57.9sec).
The Tiara final is at Bathurst on Saturday week.
Tritton’s other gun juvenile, colt Divine State, steps out in his Bathurst Gold Crown heat on Saturday night.
Divine State has won both runs in stunning style, including an Australasian 1min51.6sec mile rate at Menangle last time.
“He’s a very good colt and barring something jumping out of the ground, he looks better than them in the Crown series,” Tritton said.
Tritton has become one of the major juvenile forces in Australia in recent years.
“I’ve been lucky to have some really nice youngsters, but thankfully they seem to be getting better and faster each year,” he said.
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