Best yet to come from unbeaten filly

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Written by Paul Vettise

Chaillot (Testa Rossa) will head for a deserved break with her perfect record intact after producing another commanding display to collect black type at her second appearance for Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander.

She was untroubled to take top honours in the Listed Anzac Day Stakes at Flemington and has her conditioner already thinking of Group 1 delights next season.

“It was a nice race for her and a small field. She got a little bit strong mid-race, but everything worked out well,” Alexander said.

Chaillot took up a prominent role in fourth spot one off the fence and when she was asked for an effort in the straight she responded positively. She challenged 250 metres from home and then surged clear to win untested.

“She got a little bit strong mid-race, but everything worked out well.” – Archie Alexander.

“I was happy to see a bit of pressure on early as I thought she would get the 1400 metres easily,” Alexander said.

He was impressed with the attitude of Chaillot and expects the best to be seen of her when she returns for a spring preparation.

“When she arrived here I thought this is a proper filly. She had trained really well and was relaxed and happy.

“I actually said to the owners that I thought she was a bit heavy coming in. The 2-year-olds can lighten off a bit and she was getting a bit chubby, so she’s a proper filly and she showed that.

“The second and third are two good horses and she’s beaten them fair and square.”

“The second and third are two good horses and she’s beaten them fair and square.” – Archie Alexander.

Trainer Archie Alexander with his family at Flemington following Chaillot's win

Matt Cumani's Deserved (Dundeel {NZ}), whose cause wasn't helped when she had to be re-placed behind the barrier, ran on gamely for second ahead of the disappointing favourite Super Seth (Dundeel {NZ}). The Anthony Freedman-trained colt had an easy time of it in front, but found little under pressure.

Alexander won’t be deviating from his pre-race plan and such an easy win won’t sway him to press on with Chaillot.

“She was always going to go to the paddock and we’ll put her away and obviously races like the Guineas will be a target for her.”

A bargain $25,000 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale purchase, Chaillot was ridden by Craig Williams.

“Archie was very confident coming in and she’s now two for two.” – Craig Williams.

“Archie was very confident coming in and she’s now two for two,” he said. “They went slowly, but I had the horse to produce at the right time.

“She doesn’t have a change-up gear, but she’s very solid and she’s got a really bright future.”

Williams was also relieved to be able to sport a comfortable post-race smile, thanks to the efforts of his dental team.

“My plate broke during the week and it was a bit scary. I was able to get a new plate to have me comfortable in my work place, so thanks for the timely fashion they got that organised,:” he said.