THREE-YEAR-OLD Doubtfilly will back up in the Group 1 Tatts Tiara at Eagle Farm after an eye-catching third behind boom filly Peron in the Gai Waterhouse Classic at Ipswich.
"Her run from a bad gate was enormous,'' trainer Stuart Kendrick said after Doubtfilly ($11) flashed home for her first placing in listed company.
Trapped wide and forced to go back to near last, jockey Ric McMahon brought Doubtfilly to the centre of the track as she straightened and unleashed a massive finish.
She finished just two lengths from winner Peron and a half-length behind runner-up Skating On Ice ($21) in the 1350m race.
Doubtfilly finished with such a rush she had hauled in Skating On Ice just past the post and was eating into Peron's winning margin, suggesting the 1400m of the Tatts Tiara will suit.
"Everyone is talking up Peron's chances in the Tatts Tiara,'' said Kendrick.
"She'll probably start one of the favourites for the race," he said.
"But Doubtfilly's run from a wide gate was just as good, so we might as well have a crack at the Group 1."
Kendrick said Doubtfilly pulled up well despite the tough run at Ipswich.
"She is feeling that well at the moment that I don't think the seven-day back-up will phase her,'' he said
"The only other time she's raced on a seven-day back-up she ran the race of her career to finish fourth in the Golden Slipper."
Kendrick is hoping his talented youngster will fare better in the barrier draw for the Tatts Tiara than she has at her past two runs.
"She drew one when she won at Eagle Farm three starts back but since then has drawn terribly in the Guineas and the Gai Waterhouse.
"A good gate and a little bit of rain around would be terrific."