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The $100,000 Diamond Classic on August 19 and the $225,000 Westbred Classic for fillies on September 16 are on the agenda for promising two-year-old filly Our Lililou if she continues to improve.
Our Lililou, trained and driven by Kim Prentice, broke through for her maiden win when she gave a splendid frontrunning performance to beat the $2.65 favourite August Moon by a length in the 1730m The Trots WAS Lucy Webb Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. After setting a moderate pace, Our Lililou sprinted over the final 400m in 27.1sec.
“She is developing and learning all the time,” said Prentice. “This was the first time she had drawn a barrier (favourable), and on what she had been doing at home I thought that if she led (from the No. 1 barrier) she would be very hard to beat. She can take a bit of pressure, but that didn’t come.
“She was unlucky in the Sales final (when seventh behind Cabsav in February) when she was back on the fence and never got a crack at them. She is quick and will be a nice filly.”
Our Lililou was purchased at the 2021 APG Perth yearling sale for $20,000 by Corey Peterson, who races her in partnership with a syndicate of owners.
She is by the American stallion Sweet Lou and is the fifth foal out of former smart Courage Under Fire mare Kotare Ash, a winner of six races in New Zealand and four in Western Australia before being retired with earnings of $94,897 from her ten wins and 11 placings from 56 starts.