2014 Melbourne Cup: Mumm’s the word – Vain Queen may target Lightning Stakes

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7 Jun 2019

The Lightning Stakes carrot is dangling in front of John Sadler with Vain Queen, now he just has to decide if he wants to take the bait.

“We’ll give some thought to a race like the Lightning, but the more realistic [option] would be a race like the Sangster Stakes in Adelaide,” Sadler said of his mare, which sped to victory in the group 3 Mumm Stakes on Oaks day.

“With those real good sprinters around at the moment … it might be a bit tough a race for her. But because she goes so well down the straight it is very tempting.”

No doubt fuelling Sadler’s temptation to stay at home rather than a border-hopping mission to Adelaide will be the strength of Vain Queen’s win on Thursday.

Sadler said he did not care one iota if Vain Queen squeaked home by a nostril in the Mumm Stakes. As it turned out, she had more than a little elbow room to spare after exploding under Damien Oliver to flirt with Loveyamadly’s 1100-metre track record at Flemington.

Asked about the time, Oliver said: “I’m not surprised by the way she sprinted. She just exploded when she got clear and it was a super win. She couldn’t have been more impressive than that.”

The winning margin of three-and-a-half lengths may have flattered Bounding and the rest of the beaten brigade, which seemed to be in a separate race of their own.

The ultra-consistent New Zealand-based Bounding, showing no signs of battle scars after emerging from a rough Manikato Stakes, held on for second with Shamal Wind and Lilliburlero dead heating for third.

But the only talking point afterwards was how fast did Vain Queen actually go?

Said Sadler: “It was something else, wasn’t it? I was a little bit concerned she might have been running through the bridle a little bit too hard. She has done that once before here, but she has won four out of five up the straight now.

“One of them was a really good win, but it doesn’t top today. When you get a mare as handy as this, as a trainer you really need to get black type beside her name. We’ve done that now so we can relax.

“I said to my som Tom in the mounting yard, ‘I’m sure that’s the best she’s ever looked’. I was hoping she would just win, but to win like that was really exciting. She has shown today at some stage there might even be a group 1 in her.

“She was very calm and seemed to be in the zone today, like she was looking forward to it.”

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