Tough Group 2 Win For Nichols' Star

Mar 12, 2017

Shane Nichols' stable star further proved her name to be correct on the weekend when taking out the Group 2 Kewney Stakes at Flemington over 1400m.

I Am A Star and Ellizacoom were locked together down the straight and when it looked like the West Australian visitor was going to hold off the challenge the gutsy filly under the tough Dean Yendall drove forward to get her nose in front on the line.

She was stepping up to 1400m after opening her campaign with a second placing in the Group 2 Rubiton (1200) and a seventh placing after being taking to the rear of the field in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100) which was dominated by leaders.

"She had to be very tough the last bit to knuckle down and find the line but those horse's that win tend to find a way to just keep winning," Nichols said after the race.

I Am A Star now takes her record at Flemington to three from three with a two-year-old win and the Group 1 Myer Classic victory in the Spring to go with her Group 2 win.

"To be three from three at Flemington is a big buzz and big wrap on a very good filly."

The three-year-old daughter of I Am Invincible will now head on towards the Group 2 Sunline Stakes at Moonee Valley before a decision based on the weather will determine whether she heads to Sydney or heads to Adelaide to be aimed at the sprinting feature's.

Dean Yendall was also understandably thrilled with the win after being reunited with the filly after he claimed the Group 1 Myer win in the Spring.

Yendall said after the race that "she's pretty exciting to ride and I got really excited to ride her after getting the call up."

"She ran really well and she just possied up doing no work and sat off the Perth horse Steve Parnham was riding (Ellicazoom) and come off it's back and I felt pretty confident.

"She got a bit unbalanced so I had to pick her up again and ask her to go and I tell you what she was pretty tough."

I Am A Star now takes her record to five wins from 12 starts with a further three placings. The victory also took her earnings past $800,000.

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Story by Todd Blum Bloodstock