Come Hither steps forward

Lee Freedman sees plenty of upside in the beautifully-bred filly Come Hither who was an impressive winner of the Listed The Inglis Debutants Stakes at Caulfield yesterday.


A $1.1 million Easter Yearling Sale graduate, Come Hither is by leading stallion Redoute’s Choice and is one of 17 juveniles Sheikh Mohammed has with Freedman.

She is out of the Anabaa mare Hanky Panky, a half-sister to dual stakeswinner Not A Single Doubt, and Freedman said she was bred to be an early comer.

The filly, who is from the same family as Snippets, Forensics and Rewaaya, showed the benefit of race experience having run third to Our Joan Of Arc in the Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) at Randwick at her debut on October 4.

"She’s one of our nicer fillies. She’s done plenty of work and she’s had the trip to Sydney and back and she showed the benefit of that race," Freedman said.

"She only had to take on fillies in Sydney but Corey (Brown) rode her there and said the (dead) track beat her, she couldn’t get a grip of the track.

"I think she’ll go to the paddock now and we’ll get her back for the (Blue Diamond) Preludes."

Ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, Come Hither ($3.60 fav) settled back early but unleashed a powerful finishing sprint to beat Dancescape ($4.20) by three lengths with The Annihilator ($6.50) another 3-1/4 lengths away third.

McEvoy said Come Hither was not that big but recovered well after getting squeezed up at the start.

"She picked up really well. She’s pretty genuine and has a nice attitude towards it all which helps going into these two-year-old races when some of them can be green," he said.

By Mark Ryan