Willinga Beast and Wolverine could pass off as the main characters in the latest Marvel flick but it’s at Randwick where trainer Kris Lees is hoping the promising fillies can play a starring role this Saturday.
Lees is hoping his highly promising can put potential put into practice when he unleashes the pair for the first time this spring in Saturday’s Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m).
Willinga Beast already nearly put her name up in lights at her last visit to Randwick with a superb display on day two of The Championships in April.
The Snitzel filly followed up a winning debut at Canterbury by finishing a narrow runner-up to classy Paris Dior in the Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes.
She hasn’t missed a beat in the lead up to her return in the Silver Shadow after scoring in both her lead up trials at Muswellbrook and Wyong.
“I think she has come back really well,” Lees said.
“She only had two runs for the prep last time and was obviously good in both.
“Again you have to be a bit guarded when they are coming from a two-year-old to three until you see them do it but she has trialled well.
“She is a strong filly.”
Willinga Beast has drawn the inside gate in her return while Wolverine has a trickier draw in barrier 10.
Trainer Kris Lees has two chances in the Silver Shadow Stakes. Picture: Jenny Evans-Getty Images
Wolverine is having her first start in Sydney after being purchased by Australian Bloodstock with five starts to her name in New Zealand.
The promising daughter of Tivaci was a winner of the Group 2 Eclipse Stakes at Ellerslie in January while she was runner-up in the Group 1 Manuwatu Sires Produce (1400m) in April.
She arrived in Lees’ care shortly after and has two trials in preparation for her return.
“She has a nice filly that has settled in really well,” Lees said.
“She moves well and has trialled up nicely in preparation for Saturday.
“I am always a little guarded how that NZ short course form holds up until you have them here so we will wait and see.
“She has handled things pretty well so far and gives me the impression she might be suited at the mile.”
Willinga Beast opened at $8 with TAB for the Silver Shadow Stakes while Wolverine was a drifted from $26 out to $41 when markets opened.
Both fillies will be considered for a crack at the Group 1 Flight Stakes later this spring with Willinga Beast currently $11 in betting and Wolverine not listed.
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