Grills takes on TAB Highway

Highway chance: Tamworth trainer Sue Grills is hoping filly Fickle Folly can claim the stable a maiden TAB Highway at Rosehill on Saturday. Photo: Gareth Gardner 011216GGD01

Highway chance: Tamworth trainer Sue Grills is hoping filly Fickle Folly can claim the stable a maiden TAB Highway at Rosehill on Saturday. Photo: Gareth Gardner 011216GGD01

Tamworth trainer Sue Grills is confident promising filly Fickle Folly can erase the stable’s disappointments from previous TAB Highway attempts in Saturday’s $60,000 episode at Rosehill Gardens.

Fickle Folly is coming off an all-the-way Scone 1100m win with 54kg and previously was considered an unlucky second at Muswellbrook. She rises to 57kg for dual Group 1-winning jockey Christian Reith in Saturday’s Class 2 Handicap.

The three-year-old is bred and raced by prolific central-western breeder and purchaser, Paul Frampton and his wife Belinda. They were major news at the 2014 Magic Millions sales when they invested in the top-priced lot, a million dollar Redoubt’s Choice-Hades colt.

“I’ve had a long involvement with Paul and Bindi, they’ve won a lot of races in the region and have a really lovely filly here – her Scone win was impressive,” Sue Grills said.

“She’s got the speed to race on pace and led to win at Scone and that’s generally good form for a Highway. We’ve drawn a bit awkwardly in barrier nine but she can use her pace to get across.”

Grills and her owners resisted the temptation to claim, despite the three-kilo rise on her Scone success.

“We did think seriously about a claiming apprentice, but decided this filly is best suited with a senior and more experienced rider.”

Fickle Folly with two wins from just four starts this preparation, contests a typically strong TAB Highway Handicap with other runners including one trained by five-time Highway winner Matthew Dunn (Isla Tristana).

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