To the paddock a winner in June, tough and classy filly Missy Longstocking returned to the track a winner again - proving too strong for her rivals over 1000m at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Recording the seventh win of her ten start career, the Liam Birchley trained daughter of Sequalo took her prize money tally to beyond $543,000.
Allowed by apprentice Aidan Holt to find her feet in the early stages of the speed contest, Missy Longstocking really let go over the final stages - wearing down the leader before racing away to win by a soft 3/4 length.
"She showed that she's a class above the rest," said Holt, "and I think she will make the grade when she goes to Melbourne."
The Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on Derby Day is Missy Longstocking's ultimate spring aim but she will head south soon with two options available to her on October 12.
"There's a Group Three fillies and mares race or the Blue Sapphire," Birchley noted, adding that "she will be entered for those races and try and pick the right one for her to run in."
Birchley is confident that Missy Longstocking still has plenty of scope for improvement - as is Holt.
"Towards the end of the race she was getting a bit tired and she's not a big fan of the stick so I went back to hands and heels and she did the rest."
Raced by Judy Clairs, Missy Longstocking was bred by Annecy Bloodstock out of the Thunder Gulch mare Linyanti who paid a return visit to Sequalo last spring.