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Swettenham Stud can win a fourth Group 2 Sandown Guineas since the turn of the century with class filly Sweet Sherry.
She will target the Sandown feature after flying home to win the Listed Crockett Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday. “We were all set for the (Group 1) Thousand Guineas but she got sick and I thought we would have to tip her out,” co-trainer Troy Corstens said. “It usually takes them a few weeks to recover but she got over it pretty quickly.”
Swettenham bred Sandown Guineas winners Moon Dragon (2001) and Cayambe (2005). The Danehill fillies were followed by Schilling (2007), a son of Swettenham stallion Bianconi.
Sweet Sherry will run in a stakes race at Flemington during the carnival before the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) on November 12. “She was fresh today so I didn’t want to burn her early,” jockey Steven Arnold said. “We were wide but with cover and she was really travelling down the side.
“She’s a tough filly and is all quality.”
Sweet Sherry (3f Bel Esprit – Amoroso by Revoque) was reared and sold by Swettenham Stud for $260,000 at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale as agent for breeder Steve Lester. She has returned $325,000 in prizemoney and VOBIS bonuses since winning the Listed Maribyrnong Plate at Flemington 12 months ago.
Her older half-sister Arinosa won to Group 2 level in Sydney and her older half-brother Onerous holds a nomination for the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes in Perth. They are both by former Swettenham sire Dash For Cash.