Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken (Image: Racing Photos)

Begg's familiar path with Butter Chicken

While Dosh may be heading to the spelling paddock after being scratched from last Saturday's Blue Diamond Stakes, it is another filly that has Grahame Begg excited for Autumn Carnival.

Autumn Classic runner-up Butter Chicken caught the eye of many with her strong closing splits and her trainer is going to follow a path he knows all too well with the daughter of Savabeel.

"We are going to aim her at the Alister Clark Stakes and go from there before considering taking her up to Sydney," Begg said on Tuesday.

"It is three weeks between races and we know it worked with Nonconformist last year."

Nonconformist also finished second in the Autumn Classic before going on to win the Group 2 feature at The Valley, which this year falls on All-Star Mile Day on March 13.

"I thought she went exceptionally well on Saturday," said Begg.

"I was delighted with the way she went and so was Jamie (Kah) even though she is a high-class filly that we expected to run well.

"She is still in her first racing preparation so if she shows any signs of not coping she can go to the paddock but she has come through the run well so far."

Kah is expected to maintain the ride in the $200,000 G2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m).

Begg said the options in Sydney for his $800,000 yearling purchase included the Vinery Stud Stakes and the ATC Australian Oaks.

WATCH: Butter Chicken in the Autumn Classic

Nonconformist appears on target after finishing fifth in the Peter Young Stakes last Saturday and will now progress to the $1.5 million G1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 6.

"I thought his run was nice and solid," Begg explained.

"He had to do some work around the circle and probably peaked the last 100 metres but he is ticking over very well for the Australian Cup."

While disappointed Dosh was not able to take her place in the Blue Diamond Stakes, Begg said the Rich Enuff filly would now head to the spelling paddock and return for the spring.

"Once you have niggling problems with these young horses it can often then lead to something else,” Begg said.

"So she will go to the paddock for eight weeks or longer.

"From the spring to the autumn they really only get three weeks out so I have no doubt being lightly raced she will improve next campaign."

Begg saddled up an impressive maiden winner at The Valley on Friday night in Seguso, who also carries the Jonathon Munz silks.