Plenty of Spirit about Curtis’ filly Achira

The win of Lasqueti Spirit in the 2016 VRC Oaks is one that racing fans will find hard to forget.

Lasqueti Spirit.
Lasqueti Spirit. Picture: Racing and Sports

Sent around as the 120-1 outsider of the field, Brenton Avdulla took her to the front and lead from start to finish in a dominating 3.75 length victory.

Her trainer Lee Curtis believes he may have another Lasqueti Spirit in his stable, with promising two-year-old Achira

Achira finished third in the Clarendon Stakes for the two-year-olds on Saturday at Hawkesbury, and Curtis believes the resemblance to Lasqueti Spirit is uncanny.

"We think she's got a lot of Lasqueti Spirit about her," he said.

"She's the same weight she was at the same time. She's a tall-ish, sort of solid filly with a great constitution. She's got a very similar constitution to Lasqueti Spirit, so we're thinking we'll put her out now and bring her back and have a look at races in the spring like the VRC Oaks.

"We think she's going to be at least a miler, whether she gets a mile and a half I don't know but we think she'll get a mile and 2000m at least.

"We're thinking that (the VRC Oaks) could be something that she could line up for."

Curtis has another up-and-coming filly in his yard, with I Love Lucy making her first appearance since her spell last week.

The daughter of Maurice finished twelfth in the Gimcrack Stakes at Group 3 level in her only start in her career to date.

The dual-Group 1 winning trainer says he's happy with how the two-year-old has developed.

"When she came back after the Ginmcrack, she only went out and had a very short spell because we were hoping to take her to Queensland and I don't think she spelled for long enough," he said.

"She had two trials and they were just so-so trials, they were okay without them being good enough to go for anything good. So, we thought we'd give her three, three and a half months in the paddock to strengthen up.

"I'm happy with her."

I Love Lucy will trial again next week before Curtis sets any plans for the filly, whilst Achira enjoys a nice break from racing and will return in the spring. 


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