Paul Snowden knows things are unlikely to be the same for Dame Giselle on Saturday but the trainer believes his top filly can overcome whatever gets thrown at her in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m).
Dame Giselle is undefeated in three starts as a three-year-old and heads into the final leg of Sydney three-year-old fillies’ Princess Series aiming to join elite company if successful on Saturday.
Having already won the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes, Group 2 Furious Stakes and Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes meaning victory on Saturday will see her emulate Angst (1993) and Samantha Miss (2008) as the only fillies to complete a clean sweep of the Sydney Princess Series.
Dame Giselle wins the Silver Shadow Stakes. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
Dame Giselle wins the Furious Stakes. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
Dame Giselle wins the Tea Rose Stakes. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
Dame Giselle has defied the thoughts of bookmakers and punters in the past two legs of the series where she’s started second favourite behind Hungry Heart which again sits at the top of betting this weekend.
“She just keeps stepping up to the plate,” Snowden, who trains in partnership with his father Peter, said. “As a trainer you can’t help but love the turn of foot she possesses.
“We’re anticipating she’s going to be as effective as ever at a mile.
“Drawn the inside gives us options and nothing is going to surprise us on Saturday. We’re ready for whatever happens and it’s going to be no surprise if a few of them try something different.
“I know as a trainer that if the same horse keeps beating you it’s pretty pointless doing the same thing each time and we’re prepared for that.”
Hungry Heart, which has finished second behind Dame Giselle in the Furious Stakes and Tea Rose Stakes, is the $2.30 favourite on Saturday while the Princess in waiting, Dame Giselle is a $2.80 with TAB.com.au.
Tommy Berry stays in the saddle aboard Dame Giselle on Saturday.
Claiming the first three wins of the four race series has resulted in Dame Giselle earning the lucrative prize that comes with the Princess Series – a nomination to a stallion of the filly’s owners choice on the Darley roster in the year she retires from racing.
This year Exceed And Excel is the most expensive stallion on Darley’s roster at a fee of $132,000.
Originally published asPrincess Giselle ready to take her crown
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