Stylish Attack chasing Group One glory

Stylish Attack has earned her Group One crack.

Stylish Attack, to be ridden this weekend by Michael Coleman, has earned her Group One crack.

Stylish Attack is in the right order to make the most of an unexpected Group One chance on Saturday.

The consistent daughter of Tavistock could crown a lucrative campaign with victory in the transferred Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes.

“I wasn’t going to run her if the race had been at Te Aroha because she doesn’t handle bog tracks, but moving it to Te Rapa has helped us out,” said Cambridge owner and trainer Graeme Hughes.

“Michael Coleman will be riding her and he’s not worried about her on the track at Te Rapa.”

Placed in all three of her previous visits to Te Rapa, Stylish Attack has been a winner this campaign and she has subsequently bridged the gap to black-type company.

The five-year-old finished third in the Gr.3 Eagle Technology Stakes at Pukekohe and in her most recent appearance she was a fast-finishing second to Miss Wilson in the Gr.3 Cuddle Stakes at Trentham.

“I’m stoked with her – she’s a good, consistent little pony,” said Hughes. “She’s done very well since her last race.”

Hughes has no plans beyond Te Rapa and is likely to give the mare a break after the weekend.

“She has been up a long time and I might put her out, but I’m not quite sure and we’ll see what happens on Saturday first,” said Hughes.

While Stylish Attack has won all four of her races at 1600 metres, Hughes is keen to run her over more ground in the future.

“I’d like to sneak her up to 2000 metres,” he said. “She tried it once at Awapuni, but you can’t take any notice of that. It rained all night and all day and she couldn’t go in the heavy ground.”

– NZ Racing Desk.