Miss Wonderland has two Flemington options

By: Mathew Toogood Monday 15 January 2018

Trainer David Brideoake will weigh up whether to run Miss Wonderland in the Listed Kensington Stakes or a lesser grade sprint at Flemington.

Miss Wonderland won a 1000m-benchmark 84 race at Sandown first-up from a spell on a wet track last month in her first start for the Brideoake stable.

The mare was then given her chance in the Group Three Standish Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on January 1 but after racing on the pace she weakened to finish eighth.

Brideoake has the lightly raced four-year-old nominated for Saturday's Kensington Stakes (1000m) and also a benchmark-84 over 1200m.

"I'm not 100 per cent sure where we're going yet," Brideoake said.

"I'm keen to see what her work is like in the morning and then we'll go from there."

Brideoake believes the four-year-old raced too keenly last start, which told at the finish, and is hoping for an improved showing in whichever race she runs in.

"I thought she over-raced in the Standish," he said.

"We'll give her a shot again and hopefully her racing manners are a bit better."

Miss Wonderland won two of her first five starts when trained by Ciaron Maher, including a victory at Flemington in December 2016.

Miss Wonderland is among 29 nominations for the benchmark race while Kensington Stakes entries have been extended until Tuesday after 12 entries were taken on Monday.

Three of the Kensington Stakes nominations - Flamberge, Amber Sky and Lord Of The Sky - have ratings over 100 while Miss Wonderland's is 79.

The Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra stable's three Kensington Stakes nominations, Amber Sky, Flamberge and Rock 'n' Gold, all won jump-outs at Werribee on Monday.

The Robbie Laing-trained Lord Of The Sky is coming off a Standish Handicap win last start.

Other Kensington Stakes nominations include Darren Weir-trained stablemates Thermal Current and Ken's Dream and Husson Eagle from the Patrick Payne stable.