Eustace eyes Champagne moment

15 April 2019 06:56:09 EST

Co-trainer David Eustace says Loving Gaby will be handed another chance to break through at Group 1 level in the Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.

The two-year-old finished almost two lengths from Lyre in the Blue Diamond Stakes three runs back before running fourth in the Golden Slipper.

I just think she's still lacking a little bit of killer instinct.

David Eustace

However, the Melbourne filly appears to be moving closer to a Group 1 win and was just three-quarters of a length behind when second to Godolphin youngster Microphone in the ATC Sires' Produce on 6th April.

"I think the winner was pretty good, but I just think she's still lacking a little bit of killer instinct, I suppose," said Eustace, who trains Loving Gaby in partnership with Ciaron Maher.

"It was another good run though and another good effort. She's still just a bit dorky and a bit new."

Eustace said Loving Gaby would have no problem with the step up to 1600m on Saturday, but is hoping for a firmer track than the soft (7) she ran on last time out.

"I think the mile will be fine for her and getting back on top of the ground will certainly be in her favour on Saturday," Eustace added.

Loving Gaby is 7/4 to win the Champagne Stakes, with Flit 4/1 and Crystal Falls 12/1.

Looking further ahead for the two-year-old, the stable have high hopes and Eustace says he and Maher are convinced she will develop into a Thousand Guineas contender as a spring three-year-old.

"What she's doing at the moment is a bonus because she's going to be a lovely three-year-old," Eustace said.

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