Star Shines Again And Set To Shine Brighter At Australian Racehorse Awards

Oct 06, 2017

I Am A Star was shining bright at Moonee Valley on Friday night when she was victorious in the Group 2 Stocks Stakes and she is set for possibly more glory at the Australian Racehorse Awards night in Brisbane next week where she is nominated in the Three-Year-Old filly of the year category.

Mornington based trainer, Shane Nichols, was very pleased to see his stable star back in the winner's circle saying "this was one of the main spring aims for her so it is really nice to achieve that."

I Am A Star was third up in the event after a short freshen up and won her second Group 2 event over the mile at the track when taking out the Stocks Stakes with Ben Melham in the saddle.

"This looked a good race for her with the right weight on her back." Said Melham after the race.

"I think more importantly she has had a couple of runs now and her fitness is right there.

"I sort of wanted to make her get out and gallop along in front and keep her switched on and she got in a good rhythm and her class prevailed.

"She's a good mare and she has shown that with her credentials so far."

There are plenty of options going forward with the Group 1 winning mare and Nichols has a plan mapped out for her that will see here stay at the mile for her next two starts before stepping up to 2000m.

"She will head to the Toorak Handicap now where she will get in really well at the weights and then head back to Flemington to defend her title in the Myer Stakes before heading to the Emirates Stakes a week later," said Nichols.

Nichols will head to Queensland to attend the Australian Racehorse Awards where his mare is nominated for the Three-Year-Old Filly Of The Year on the back of her Group 1 Myer win and major race placings.

"It's great to have a horse nominated for awards like this its a great thrill as a trainer and she is a good chance as she had an excellent three-year-old season."

I Am A Star is now a winner of seven races, six of which being Group races, and over $1.8 million in prize money.