Lee Curtis hoping smart filly Press Report is a headliner

Having a good two-year-old changes trainers, Lee Curtis is the first to admit that. However, it won’t force him to pay a $150,000 Golden Slipper late entry for Press Report without good reason.

That could come in the Sweet Embrace Stakes at Randwick on Saturday if everything goes to plan.

‘‘At the moment she is not in the Slipper and there are a couple of races during The Championships like the Sires [Produce Stakes] and that Royal Randwick Stakes, which could be her go,’’ Curtis said.

‘‘That is not to say we won’t pay it if comes out and wins by a couple of lengths with ease. We will give her the chance to do that.

‘‘I think the fillies are the top five two-year-olds at the moment. You look at it, there is Earthquake, Mossfun, Gary Nickson’s filly [Alpha Miss] and Memorial – you would think of those before you came up with a colt.’’

Press Report  ran into Memorial at her first start and then Mossfun in the Silver Slipper, settling for second on both occasions.

Curtis is quick to point that his filly beat home all the colts.

‘‘They couldn’t beat her, all these high-priced colts, and she didn’t cost that much,’’ Curtis said.

‘‘It is funny, you get a two-year-old like her and you are 10 times more excited about her than a horse like Turbulent Jet, who is a pretty good sort of horse.

‘‘I don’t know what it is but babies get everyone in the stable more excited.

‘‘It might be that you really don’t know what you have because they just keep improving.

‘‘She has gone forward since the Silver Slipper again.

‘‘You keep asking yourself the same questions – how much has she improved?

‘‘Could she be up to the Slipper? It is what makes the month leading into the Golden Slipper exciting racing because it is so raw.

‘‘When I sit down and think about it, it’s probably the big money that makes it exciting. God, you win the Slipper and it’s $2million.

‘‘But it is not everything and you have to remember that as well.

‘‘I didn’t pay up for her to start with [for the Slipper] so you second guess about it.

‘‘I think she is going to be better at 1400metres and Glyn [Schofield] has said the same thing, so I think we will stick to our guns.

‘‘We can go to the Sires’ but that fillies’ race [the Royal Randwick Stakes] is also there for her the week after and she can run in both.

‘‘We will get through Saturday, where I expect her to run very well, and then go to the Magic Night [Stakes] in a fortnight and make up our mind where we are going.’’

Press Report is on the second line of betting for the Sweet Embrace Stakes with Tetsuko at $6 behind another maiden filly, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Twirl at $2.30.

Waterhouse also has the Skyline Stakes favourite Giuliani at $2.50, which has had the blinkers removed after running Unencumbered to a half-length at his only start back in October.

Team Hawkes have second pick at $4 in the boys’ division, Gold Force, which won his only start in the Inglis Premier at Mornington last month and will need to win to get the exemption from the ballot for the Golden Slipper.

The story Lee Curtis hoping smart filly Press Report is a headliner first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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