Miss Wilson set to defend her Cuddle Stakes title

Miss Wilson
Miss Wilson
Multiple stakes winner Miss Wilson will be back in action on her home course next month.

The Hastings mare has been freshened since she finished a luckless eighth in the Group 1 Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham last month.

“She copped a couple of checks and was last at the crossing before she got put off balance again, but that’s Group 1 racing,” trainer John Bary said.

“She ran the third fastest last 600m so under those circumstances it was a good run.”

The younger half-sister by Stratum to the Hawke’s Bay conditioner’s former champion three-year- old and multiple Group 1 winner Jimmy Choux has won six of her 23 starts.

Miss Wilson doubled her black type tally in the spring when she was successful in the Group 3 Red Badge Sprint (1400m), having won the Group 3 Cuddle Stakes (1600m) last season.

“We’ll take the softer option and she’ll run in the open 1400m here at Hastings on March 1 and then we’ll make a plan from there,” Bary said.

“She could defend her Cuddle title and then maybe look at Te Aroha again.”

Placed at the recent Foxton trials over 1000m, Miss Wilson ran fourth in the last edition of the Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m).

Meanwhile, the Group 1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) remains the target for her two-year-old stablemate King Louis.

“He galloped well this morning and he’ll go to the trials at Foxton on March 6 and then to Wellington on the 17th for a 1200m race,”

Bary said. “All going well, it will be on to the Sires’ Produce at Awapuni.” King Louis has placed twice from three appearances, including a debut second in the Listed Wellesley Stakes (1000m) at Trentham.