Meidung secured a deserved stakes victory by winning Saturday’s $120,000 listed City of Greater Dandenong Twilight Glow Stakes (1400m) for three-year-old fillies at Sandown Hillside.
Carrying the maroon and white silks of Darley, Meidung displayed a dazzling acceleration in the straight to come from last at the top of the straight and win by *** on the line.
“She’s run behind some nice fillies in Sydney so it’s no surprise to see her win like she did,” winning trainer Peter Snowden said.
Ridden to victory by Kerrin McEvoy, Meidung ($4-$3.50 favourite) defeated Kukla ($12-$17) with Thunder Rain ($8-$9.50) sticking on well for third after dictating terms in the lead.
Both Snowden and McEvoy bemoaned the fact Meidung has a tendency to race with a “high head carriage” when sprinting to the line as opposed to flattening out with a more fluent motion.
“I’ve tried everything with her but maybe she might learn with more racing,” Snowden said.
High head carriage or not, it was a scintillating performance from the daughter of Bernardini. She ran second to Nechita in the Group 3 Silver Shadow (1200m) and was also runner-up in the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1400m) to Dear Demi.
At her most recent outing she ran fourth in the listed Gucci Stakes (1200m) at Flemington behind Shamal Wind who stopped the clock in 1:08.32, the fastest 1200 metres of the Melbourne Cup carnival.
“She was a bit fresh at Flemington and with that run under her belt it just relaxed her very well for today,” Snowden said.
“It was just a matter of getting out in the straight and when she did get it, the race was beyond doubt.”
Snowden says Meidung will now be spelled ahead of an autumn campaign.
Meidung has raced nine times for two wins and four placings with her prizemoney just below the $250,000 mark.