Robert Wellwood is excited about the prospects of three-year-old filly Two Illicit who will be aiming for back-to-back stakes victories when she contests the Gr.2 SkyCity Eight Carat Classic (1600m) on Thursday.
The daughter of Jimmy Choux who races in the Trelawney Stud silks boasts a near impeccable formline after two victories and a placing from just three starts, including a last start victory in the Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial 3YO (1500m).
“She’s a lovely filly and she’s in grand order,” Wellwood, who trains in partnership with Roger James, said. “She has ticked every box heading into this, so it would be nice to get another stakes win with her.
“She will hopefully head to New Year’s Day also. I think as we start getting up over ground in these fillies races after Christmas she is really going to be a force to be reckoned with.”
The James and Wellwood team have been in great form of late, headlined by Concert Hall’s win in the Gr.3 Manawatu Cup (2300m) at Awapuni, and they hope it will continue over the festive season.
“It was a terrific result,” Wellwood said of Concert Hall who was born and raised at Trelawney Stud for breeder/owner Joan Egan. “She has been rather frustrating in the way that she has been racing, it has made it very hard to win races. So it was nice to see her sit in the first half of the field and when she let down she really dominated.
“She will probably head to the City of Auckland Cup (Gr.3, 2400m) on New Year’s Day now.” – NZ Racing Desk