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Australian Racing - Racing: Argentia in Group 1 test

Argentia is one of three three-year-old fillies to contest the Robert Sangster Stakes on Saturday as she makes a delayed attempt at Group 1 glory with trainers Anthony and Sam Freedman having aborted autumn targets due to the wet weather.

The daughter of Frankel is priced at 10/1 to win at Morphettville this weekend, behind the likes of September Run at 19/5, Bella Nipotina at 5/1 and Away Game at 15/2 in the betting.

Long-term target

Argentia won the Kevin Hayes Stakes first up this preparation, before finishing in the Armanasco Stakes behind Lavish Girl, but this is her first crack at the elite level, with the Sangster a race the training partnership had a long range target towards.

"It was always in the back of our minds," Sam Freedman told Racing.com.

"We had races like the Surround at front of mind but when all that wet weather came in Sydney, we don't think she's as effective on Heavy ground."

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Argentia has a record of two wins from five starts and finished second in the Kewney Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m), and Freedman believes they will learn a lot about their filly now she is stepping up into Group 1 company.

Stepping up in future

"We don't really know what she is just yet," Freedman added. "Later in her career she should be stretching out in distance, certainly to a mile again.

"I would be open to stretching out over further, but we're not pigeonholing her at any particular distance range just yet."

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