Stole Pinches Valley Win
Stakes-class mare Stole is bound for the Group Three Easter Cup at Caulfield after she pinched an overdue win at Moonee Valley.
Ridden up on the pace by Jake Duffy, the one-time Melbourne Cup hope posted her first win since April last year when she dashed away for an easy 2-3/4-lengths win in Saturday's Slickpix Handicap (2040m).
Placement, who last start beat Stole over the same course, was no match this time and finished second, 1-1/4 lengths ahead of Fine Calibre while Roccin Jo petered out after leading and finished last of the seven runners.
Trainer Brian Jenkins said Stole was at her best around 2000 metres after she failed to make the grade as a Melbourne Cup horse.
"This time last year we tried to get her out to two miles (3200m)," Jenkins, who trained 1998 Melbourne Cup winner Jezabeel, said.
"We even considered if she got the two miles well we would run her in the Cup, but she showed us then she was at her best at 2000 metres."
Stole finished fifth to Niwot in the Andrew Ramsden Stakes (3200m) at Flemington in May last year after winning over 2000 metres at Flemington two starts earlier on April 16.
"It was because of her 2000 metres form that we ran in the Matriarch Stakes, a Group Two race, at Flemington during Cup week and she finished second," Jenkins said.
"The distance is just perfect for her.
The Easter Cup (2000m) is at Caulfield next Saturday.
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