What a terrific filly Missy Longstocking has been for the Liam Birchley stable and her owner Judith Clairs, the tough and talented two-year-old proving that Sequalo - who is currently being prepared for his 17th season at stud - still has what it takes to produce a high class performer.
A six times winner from nine starts, Missy Longstocking won the Gr.3 B.J McLachlan Stakes and the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes late last year and during the recent Brisbane winter carnival has continued on her winning way.
Taking out the Listed Lancaster Stakes at Eagle Farm on May 18, Missy Longstocking was keenly fancied to carry on the good work in the Gr.2 Sires' Produce Stakes only to run into plenty of trouble - losing no fans finishing ninth beaten only five lengths with nothing going her way.
Again well supported on June 8 when contesting the Listed Hampden Stakes at the same track, Missy Longstocking rewarded her supporters with a gutsy performance to win her fourth race at black type level.
Donning blinkers for the first time, the chestnut over-raced for a stride or two early but then settled well for Damian Browne and when challenged late she just kept finding.
"I was going to go back and let the speed go but she began really well with the blinkers on and it really switched her on," Browne reported - "she travelled lovely throughout after that."
"She hasn't had much luck the last couple of times she has been beaten," he continued, adding that "she has been the benchmark two-year-old all season here so it was good to see her bounce back."
Missy Longstocking's success was part of a good recent run for the evergreen Sequalo whose other recent winners include Timmy's Turn (3 1/4 length maiden winner at only his second start), Phantomoftheopera (winner of two of his last three), Banchory Lass (last start Eagle Farm winner), Mr Thatcher, Platinum Lion (successful at two of his last three), Trail Boss (his ninth victory), The Storeman (another in-form galloper who has won two of last three), Amber Ale and Iona Fast One.