The Group 1 Surround Stakes is there for the taking for Flit after the filly scored a dominant first up win in the Group 2 $200,000 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) at Randwick today.

Flit, above, wins the Light Fingers Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Flit, above, wins the Light Fingers Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Flit was wearing the blinkers for the first time and responded in great style and trainer James Cummings said the Megadlia D’Oro filly will now step back up to Group 1 company against the fillies in the $500,000 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Randwick in a fortnight.

“It is great to see her beginning to deliver and I would say she is going to be the filly to beat in two weeks time,” Cummings said.

Flit was the winner of the Group 1 $1m Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield during the 2019 Melbourne Spring Carnival and Cummings took note of Hugh Bowman’s suggestion to put the blinkers on the filly as she resumes for the Autumn over the sprint distances.

“Hugh and I had been talking about the use of them for a little while. The way she returned and trialing against the older horses , getting to the line well, she couldn’t afford to lose her focus for fifty metes when the pressure went on,” Cummings said.

“When Hugh gives you that feedback, you take notice and with them on she was able to apply herself and show exactly the sort of promise that we had been getting from her over the last twelve months.”

Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi ($11) went straight to the front with Bowman settling Flit ($11) in third posy and sat quite until the top of the rise in the Randwick straight.

Flit stretched out nicely in the straight to record a one and three quarter lengths win over Blue Diamond Stakes winner Lyre ($5.50) with Kiamichi holding on for third.

The $1.80 favourite Libertini  settled midfield for Tommy Berry but never threatened at any stage in the straight to wind up in fourth spot.

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