Fill The Flute dashes to first-up victory

Sep 07, 2018

Speedy mare Fill The Flute kept her unbeaten first-up record intact with a dashing win on the synthetic at Geelong on Friday.

The four-year-old shared the lead with Esprit Finale before kicking clear straightening up and racing away to a 5-1/2 length win in the Rex Gorell Volkswagon BM58 Hcp (1000m).

Nine Clouds finished second and My Aim Is True was 2-1/2 lengths away in third place.

Fill The Flute hadn’t raced since April but started $3 favourite after recently winning a Geelong jump-out by more than eight lengths on August 22.

“She’s very quick and I was confident I had her fit enough,” trainer Jamie Edwards said.

“She trialled up well at Geelong the other day and I gave her a good gallop through the week at home where she hit the line pretty hard.”

A Camperdown debut winner in January, Fill The Flute has won two of her six starts and looks bigger and stronger this campaign.

Jockey Damien Thornton said the daughter of Statue of Liberty could be suited to the 955m sprints at Moonee Valley over summer.

“She absorbed the pressure pretty well today,” Damien said.

“I knew she was going to have a bit of a kick the way she travelled but I didn’t think she would win by that far.”

There were plenty of celebrations for Fill the Flute’s owners who are Emsley Lodge co-founder Peter Sandars, his wife Christine, Janet Edwards, Spirit Of 1852, Wiltona Winners, and Hahn Racing.

Fill The Flute was the first leg of a winning double for Emsley Lodge which was also successful with seven-year-old stayer Macrobius in the following race.