Star by name, Star by nature?

May 07, 2016

Mornington trainer Shane Nichols said he was confident I Am A Star wouldn't take long to put a win on the board, and she went some way to vindicating her name when a winner down the Flemington straight on Saturday.

At start number two, the daughter of I Am Invincible out-sprinted her rivals in the Phar Lap Club Plate(1100m) to win by one-and-a-half lengths.

Nichols trains her full sister Band On The Run, twice placed at Stakes level in Tasmania last year, and Saturday's win was another tick to his partnership with breeder Matthew Sandblom of Newgate Farm fame, and who opened new stud farm Kingstar Farm recently.

Nichols said I Am A Star was as precocious as her sister - both out of Star Band - with Band on the Run's Stakes placings coming at career starts two and three.

"We went to Caulfield, she trialled up really well and we thought she could win there," Nichols said.

"It just didn't unfold from the sticky gate, a slowly-run race and we got in an awkward spot.

"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.

"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."

The winning time is another indication I Am A Star is going places after stopping the clock at 1:02.61 in quick time for a two-year-old fillies race, and she chalked up some quick sectionals - including a 10.54s between the 400m-200m to put the race away.

Winning jockey Steven King said I Am A Star had professional traits as a racehorse.

"She's very mature for a young horse," King said.

"She seems to know what it's all about, so that certainly helps.”