In-form mare Abidewithme has served notice she could yet sign off her career with a perfect result.
The well-bred 7-year-old is in foal to Tavistock and the style of her Group 2 victory in yesterday's Tauranga Stakes strongly suggested that she can win at the highest level.
"That was really pleasing and hopefully we will be able to get a Group 1 with her," said Jamie Richards, who trains in partnership with Stephen Autridge.
Raced by her breeders Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan, the Redoute's Choice mare will have three upcoming opportunities to complete her CV. She has two previous Group 1 placings to her credit, both in the NZ Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes.
"She'll go to the Captain Cook Stakes next and then on to the Zabeel Classic on Boxing Day," Richards said.
"Sir Patrick has worked it out and the Herbie Dyke will be her last race before she goes to the breeding paddock."
Abidewithme settled at the tail of the field under Michael McNab before she produced a sizzling finish to beat El Pescado and Marton visitor Julinsky Prince.