At Caulfield in Melbourne, Woodside Park's Gr2-winning stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesias-Party Miss, by Kenmare) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred filly Booker (Written Tycoon-Noondie, by Flying Spur) kicked off her autumn campaign with a comfortable win in the $150,000 Gr3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Leather'n'lace & See Me Exceed. A $230,000 purchase at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Mill Park Stud, Booker improved her record to 3 wins (including the Gr2 Thousand Guineas Prelude) and 3 placings (including the Gr2 Danehill Stakes) from 7 starts for $386,750 in earnings. Co-trainer Matthew Ellerton said he would now consider running Booker in the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on 24 February. "She's a pretty impressive sort of filly now, she looks like a big three-year-old colt," Ellerton told racing.com. "Hopefully she pulls up well and we'll move forward with her. She'll be much improved from this run." He added: "We possibly might go back to 1100m and run her in the Oakleigh Plate but I'm not sure yet."
At Flemington in Melbourne, Coolmore's ill-fated dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 winner High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added a Group race success when 3YO bay filly Bring Me Roses (High Chaparral-Freckled Face, by Polish Patriot) put up an outstanding VRC Oaks trial when unwinding a brilliant finish from last on the turn to post a dominant win in the $200,000 Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Hiyaam & Leather'n'Lace. Stable representative Michael Shephardson, who was standing in for ill trainer Tony McEvoy, said Bring Me Roses' primary spring target was the $1 million VRC Oaks (2500m) at Flemington on 9 November. "She's a High Chaparral filly with a good turn of foot. We've always had a big opinion of her," he said. Bring Me Roses is expected to have her final Oaks lead-up in the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on 4 November.