Talented mare Slice Of Class (Guillotine) showed she is ready to defend her Gr. 3 Valachi Downs Canterbury Breeders' Stakes title at Riccarton next month when she resumed with an eye-catching performance at Otaki yesterday.
A noted fresh-up performer, Slice Of Class made short work of a good field of open-class sprinters as she cruised home over 1200 metres in her first run since finishing at the rear in the Gr. 3 Cuddle Stakes at Trentham last March.
A slight injury sustained during a winning trial performance at Foxton last month had trainer Karen Zimmerman concerned the mare may have been a little short of her best first up, but to her relief those fears were unfounded .
“She missed some work after her trial at Foxton so I wasn’t completely sure of just where she was at for the race,” she explained.
“I knew she was well, but to see her so strong in the run home was a great sight and showed me she is right where we want her for Riccarton.”
The five-year-old daughter of Guillotine was aided by a peach of a ride by Johnathon Parkes, who settled the mare beyond midfield in the early stages before easing into striking position approaching the home turn.
Angled into the clear, Slice Of Class let down with a powerful sprint that carried her to the front. She maintained a comfortable one-length margin over her rivals to the winning post.
“She won’t have another run now before Riccarton, as she tends to go her best runs when she is fresh,” said Zimmerman.
“Hopefully she can run well at Riccarton and then we can look further ahead to the rest of the summer. I think a race like the Gr.2 Rich Hill Mile would be perfect for her, and I’m also keen to have another crack at the Gr.1 Thorndon Mile at Trentham after she ran fourth in the race last season.”