Moe debut for Cox Plate entrant

Moe debut for Cox Plate entrant

Terry Henderson does not need to be asked how highly he and the OTI team rate their Kiwi-bred filly Selica, the spring feature race nominations tell the story.

The Mick Kent-trained three-year-old was one of a host of fillies who had not yet been to the races to figure in the entries for the $1 million Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) when they closed on August 9.

But the daughter of Makfi was also among the nominations for the Cox Plate and remained the only unraced horse among the entries for that $5 million event when the first round of acceptances were taken on September 6.

The half-sister to Wyndspelle will make her debut in Tuesday’s MBSS Security Maiden Plate (1217m) at Moe.

Henderson said on Monday that Selica would not be paid-up for the second round of Cox Plate acceptances, which close on Tuesday, but will remain in the Thousand Guineas and be nominated for the VRC Oaks (2500m).

“We’re very keen (to see her at the races),” he said. “In fact, I’ll be going down there tomorrow to have a look at her.

“She is quite smart. The 1200 (metres) will be a bit short for her, but a win is certainly very achievable for her.”

OTI purchased Selica out of New Zealand, where she trialled twice including a second placing to VRC Oaks fancy Saone. Her Australian preparation has included a low-key Cranbourne trial on August 19 before a jumpout victory at the same track on September 9.

Selica occupied the $4.80 second line in BetEasy’s market on the Moe race, behind the Jamie Edwards-trained Vahvuus.

Also in the event is four-year-old Sebring gelding Spring Season ($8), who is the latest product of former champion filly/mare Private Steer to get to the races.