Chris Waller filly strikes in the Kembla Grange Classic

Source: Racenet, by Clinton Payne.

Champion trainer Chris Waller produced another Australian Oaks contender when Pretty Amazing took out the Group 3 Kembla Grange Classic (1600m) at Goulburn on Friday.

The race was transferred from its traditional home of Kembla Grange earlier in the week due to the Illawarra track flooding from the big wet that engulfed parts of NSW in the past fortnight.

Pretty Amazing came from the back half of the field, powering down the outside to outstay her opposition on the heavy (9) rated track.

“She’s probably going to get over a bit further than this, she’s a real Oaks type of filly,” stable spokesman Jack Pilkington told Sky Racing.

“This kind of distance is getting her nicely prepared as she steps out in trip.

“She relaxes beautifully, she moves beautifully and takes everything in her stride. She’s really putting it all together nicely now.

“It could be a really good autumn for her.”

Pretty Amazing ($2.90 fav), ridden by Tommy Berry, defeated the Kerry Parker-trained Hope In Your Heart ($4) by a length with a half-length back to John Sargent’s Gin Martini ($11) in third.

The win was Waller’s second success in the race, Dawn Wall was his other winner in 2017, and Pretty Amazing’s sire American Pharoah’s second Australian Group winner after Head Of State won the Gloaming Stakes earlier this season.

Pretty Amazing is now an $11 chance in both the Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) on March 26 and the Australian Oaks on April 9.

The two $8 favourites for the Australian Oaks both run on Saturday. Pretty Amazing’s stablemate Fangirl in the Phar Lap Stakes at Rosehill and Queensland filly Gypsy Goddess in the Pimm’s 3YO Plate (1600m) at Eagle Farm.

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