Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing

Swift Witness Strikes in the Group 2 Silver Shadow

Swift Witness and Tim Clark dig deep to win the Silver Shadow Stakes at Randwick. Picture: Getty Images

 

Source: Racenet
Words: Ray Thomas

Swift Witness claimed the first leg of the Princess Series at Randwick on Saturday afternoon. 

In a blanket finish with less than two lengths separating the top five finishes, Swift Witness ($7.50) fought back after behind headed to win by a long neck from the fast finishing Latino Blend ($21) with favourite Four Moves Ahead ($2.50) a half neck away third.

Four Moves Ahead raced wide early but loomed up to win halfway down the straight but all honours were with the winner Swift Witness who was three-wide without cover. Swift Witness provided Waterhouse with her third Silver Shadow Stakes win after previous successes with Speak Fondly (2015) and Ha Ha (2001), giving her a share of the training record with Jack Denham, John Thompson and Chris Waller.

“This filly is as tough as teak,’’ Waterhouse said of Swift Witness. “After she trialled when she ran such fast time, we took her back to basics by working her between horses. Adrian and I didn’t want her to bunny hop in the straight like she did in her trial. We wanted to teach her to relax in her races which she did so well today.’’

Waterhouse, who watched the race meeting from home, said she sensed Four Moves Ahead had taken a narrow lead from Swift Witness about 200m from the finish.

“When the favourite came at her, Swift Witness rolled up her sleeves, said look at me and ‘punched’ her right in the nose,’’ Waterhouse said.

The Hall of Fame trainer said the obvious target for Swift Witness next start is the second leg of the Princess Series, the Group 2 $200,000 Furious Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick in two weeks.

But whether Swift Witness can stretch her speed out to 1400m for the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes and then 1600m for the Group 1 Flight Stakes which complete the coveted there-year-old fillies spring series.

“To me she is more a sprinter, I don’t think she will get out over too far because she is so brilliant,’’ Waterhouse said. "We will go to the Furious Stakes next because that is still at 1200m and set weights. Then we will think about the Tea Rose Stake and whether we go to the mile for the Flight Stakes. But she is a lovely type of tenacious filly that we do so well with, the ones I love to have in our stable. She is back with a vengeance and with give them something to chase when they meet again.’’

 

 
 

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