Thrillster catches eye ahead of features

A number of Stakes-level rising three-year-olds caught the eye at the Flemington jumpouts on Friday morning and one who looks to be ticking along nicely is Thrillster.

The Leon and Troy Corstens-trained filly went to the line untouched alongside Godolphin colt Sanglier in what was the second-quickest time of the morning.

The daughter of Starspangledbanner signalled she has spring claims with a Stakes-placing on debut and two subsequent victories last preparation.

Off the back of Friday morning’s trial, Troy Corstens said the stable is looking forward to pressing on with her into the spring.

“I was really pleased with her this morning, she looked great out of the barriers and she jumped into the bridle,” Corstens said.

“She went very close in a really good time [47.56s] … now she’ll have a more serious hit-out in two weeks’ time.

“I do think she’s come on and really filled into herself … I think she can take the next step and we’ll give her every chance that she can.

“I actually never thought she’d make the races as a two-year-old if you look at her on type.

“You’d swear she was just going to be a three-year-old so she’s surprised us.”

Corstens says he holds a high-enough opinion of her to push on toward a lofty goal.

“We’ll kick her off the in the Quezette and we’ll try and head to the Thousand Guineas so we’ll be on that typical path,” Corstens added.

“I’ve always sort of looked at her as maybe even a 2000-metre horse so hopefully she had that little bit of class to sprint as a two-year-old and maybe she can get out a little bit further as a three-year-old.”

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