They don’t come much tougher than outstanding Sequalo filly Missy Longstocking who, on her first trip south was able to record a particularly gutsy and impressive victory at Caulfield.
Proving a class above her rivals in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes on one of Melbourne’s biggest days – Caulfield Guineas Day, the Liam Birchley trained three-year-old endured a luckless run but still proved too good.
Trapped wide throughout, the dashing chestnut was cruising approaching the turn and when asked for her effort by regular rider Damian Browne she quickly responded – racing away to win by a soft three lengths.
“I nursed her for as long as I could,” Brown reported, “and she surprised me with how quickly she let go after the work she did – she put pay to them pretty quickly.”
“There is an argument,” he continued, “to say that she should be unbeaten after 11 starts,” – noting the number of times that Missy Longstocking has run into bad luck in her races.
The winner of eight races, Missy Longstocking has been successful on three occasions at Listed level – also winning a Group 3 in Brisbane and now a Group 2 during the world famous Melbourne Spring carnival.
“I’d love to have another ten of her in my stable,” a delighted Birchley said.
“She just keeps doing the job, she tries so hard.”
“Everything that could go wrong did today but she was just too good.”
“She got a bit lost at the turn,” he continued, “but she got the hang of it by the end!”
Purchased for just $7500 as a weanling by Birchley and sold after being broken in to her current owner Judy Clairs, Missy Longstocking has amassed over $630,000 in stakes.
“She has been the real deal since day one,” Birchley said, hoping that she can prove herself at Group One level in the upcoming Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington.
Birchley has long been a fan of the Sequalo breed – “they all win!” he enthused, “and he has got the ability to get a really good horse.”
As shown by Missy Longstocking!