I Am A Star Could Be Exactly That

May 10, 2016

Shane Nichols opened the day at Flemington on Saturday with an impressive win with I Am A Star claiming the Phar Lap Club Plate, over 1100m, for two-year-old fillies.

Steven King took the I Am Invincible filly to the outside group of three, with the rest of the field hugging the rails.

The group in the middle of the track drifted back towards the rail and the hot favourite, Merriest, was out in front. At the 300m mark King asked the question of I Am A Star and challenged the leader along with Giroux on the inside.

I Am The Star showed a lot of speed and ability to split away from the field and ran away to win by 1.5 lengths from the fast finishing Sebring Dream, with Harlow Gold finishing third.

"With two-year-old fillies, you like to nurse them along, don't push them too hard, and we've been a bit conservative with her work coming here." Said Nichols.

"My initial thoughts are she might need a little let-up.

"We'll decide whether we press on in a month or so, or give her a bit of time and go the early spring.

"She's not a big robust filly, and some of these fillies continue to improve, but she's reasonably smart."

I Am A Star is a full sister to twice stakes-placed filly, Band On The Run, who Nichols also trained for owner Matthew Sandblom.

Sandblom recently announced the opening of new stud Kingstar Farm and I Am A Star looks to have a bright future ahead of her before retiring and possibly visiting one of Kingstar Farm's resident stallions.

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