Sire: Red Ransom (USA)
Age/Colour/Sex: 3yo Bay/Brown Filly
Trainer: John P Thompson
Fillies Form could have taken the easy option of adding boom colt Zoustar to our stable, but where is the fun in that?
Instead we have chosen the road less travelled and picked a filly that could jump out of the ground and shock the Spring Carnival.
Thump, out of talented racemare Oomph, is a Patinack Farm homebred trained by John Thompson. She caught the attention of Fillies Form back in the Spring of 2012 when she ran a slashing third behind the very sharp Villa Verde at Listed level. In what was seen as a less than pretty run, it was her ability to make up ground that got us thinking this one could be a keeper.
Thump showed promise early, but it would take a total of six starts to break her maiden. She finally cracked the big time when she stepped out in the Group II Silver Shadow Stakes with a gritty win over Golden Slipper place getter, Sweet Idea. This would stamp her ability as a serious sprinter and her next challenge would come in the Group 2 Furious Stakes at Randwick. Lining up against the likes of Guelph and Bound For Gold, Thump lost no admirers when she bravely kicked to the lead in the home straight, only to be swamped in the final 50 metres to run third.
Thumps next venture was to Mooney Valley for the Group III Champagne Stakes. Thompson was quietly confident the narrow track would suit the filly’s style of racing and deliver her second spring campaign victory. From start to finish, Thump and her jockey Craig Williams would dictate the race. A brilliant jump from the gates, and early speed, would see her kick clear on the final bend and defeat the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Miracles of Life by two and a quarter lengths.
This weekend Thump will again set about capturing a Group 1 major in the Coolmore Stakes for 3 year olds at Flemington. She will be facing the likes of Golden Rose winner Zoustar, Caulfield Guineas runner-up Divine Calling, QLD dynamite Missy Longstocking and the up and coming Not Listenin’tome. Although this is a big mountain to climb, Fillies Form believe that if she steps away cleanly and shows her usual gate speed, she is more than capable of derailing the Zoustar express.