Night Raid winning the Atlantic Jewel Stakes (Image: Racing Photos)
A three-year-old filly named after the sire of legendary racehorse Phar Lap successfully made the transition from a Tatura maiden into Stakes class at The Valley on Saturday.
Trained by Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr, Night Raid led throughout in winning his 1100-metre maiden by 7.25-lengths at Tatura on August 15 and three weeks later claimed the $140,000 Listed Inglis Ready2Race Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) for three-year-old fillies at her third outing.
Ridden by Mark Zahra, Night Raid ($3.50 favourite) defeated Aidensfield ($6) by a neck, with Dirty Thoughts ($5.50) a further short head away in third.
As she did when resuming in the G3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield three weeks ago, Agreeable ($4.40) finished fourth, beaten just more than two lengths.
"It was a really good win today, it looked a bit tricky on the corner but she's good enough to win," Kent Jnr said of Night Raid.
"It was a good test (for her). A Good (3) track, quality fillies that have done it before. She measured up. Hopefully we're looking at a (Thousand) Guineas campaign now, that would be the plan."
WATCH: Night Raid's win
Night Raid became the first Australian Stakes winner for Coolmore stallion Vancouver, with his other Stakes success having come with South African juvenile G2 winner Mount Pleasant.
"We've got a few Vancouvers at home and we had the feeling that they would like a mile," Kent Jnr said.
"This filly's dam was second in a Group 1 sprint in New Zealand. We're optimistic that she'll be scopey enough to be a miler."
Zahra said he was confident Night Raid would handle the 1400m of her intended next start in the G2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield on September 26.
"She's got a beautiful big stride on her and a great attitude. Up in trip will help, I think, because she'll be able to travel for longer," Zahra said.
Recent winners of the Atlantic Jewel Stakes have been Stay With Me (2015), Merriest (2016), Shoals (2017), Thrillster (2018) and Exhilarates (2019).