BENDIGO trainer Allen Browell is contemplating a start in the lucrative $150,000 Bendigo Guineas (1400m) for in-form filly Hai Lil.
The three-year-old achieved her second-straight metropolitan win on Friday night when she scored a convincing victory in The Drain Man Premium Handicap (1600m) at Moonee Valley.
She’s now won four of her eight career starts and earned more than $140,000 in stakemoney.
“She’s going really well,’’ Browell said yesterday.
“She ran the 1600m out really strongly on Friday night.
“She’s pulled up well after the run.”
The First Light Racing Bendigo Guineas is one of the highlights of the Yalumba Golden Mile Raceday at Bendigo on March 16.
“She’ll either run at Bendigo or there’s a Listed race at Moonee Valley the following Friday,’’ Browell said.
“No matter which way we go, that will be her last run this preparation.
“That will be five runs this time in... that’s enough, I don’t want to knock her around too much. She’s not overly big.”
Hai Lil is a half-sister to Browell’s consistent gelding Our Inheritance.
A daughter of Churchill Downs, Hai Lil has always promised plenty.
“Brad (Rawiller) rode her at her second start at Werribee and he jumped off her that day and said she had good ability,’’ Browell said.
“She’s come on well since then.”
Hai Lil was unplaced at her first two starts, but since then has won twice at Echuca, ran an unlucky second at Caulfield before stringing together two wins under lights at Moonee Valley.
“I’m confident next time in she’ll get out over more ground,’’ Browell said.