COROWA trainer Geoff Duryea is most likely to return to the city with his smart filly News Girl.
News Girl stamped herself as an exciting filly with above average ability after being narrowly beaten into second placing in group 3 company at Caulfield on Saturday.
Both times she has finished runner-up behind the Mick Price-trained Crack The Code which is undefeated in three starts this preparation.
News Girl is eligible for the $150,000 Country Championship qualifier at Albury on February 23 but Duryea is keeping his options open with his slick sprinter.
“My filly did us all proud again on Saturday,” Duryea said.
“No doubt Crack The Code is an ultra-smart galloper and has beaten us twice now.
“It might be a smart move by me if I can find a race where Crack The Code is not in it.
“I thought she improved from her previous run and benefited from having that city experience under her belt.
“I have got at least three options for her next start which are on the same weekend at the Country championships.
“It will be either Moonee Valley on the Friday night, the Country Championships or Flemington on the same day.”
News Girl will be entered for races at all three venues with Duryea waiting for the barrier draws before making a final decision.
Duryea conceded it was a query if News Girl could run out a strong 1400m in the Country Championships at this stage of her career.
“The 1400m of the Championships is also a big query and why it is probably the least preferred option and slipping off the radar a little bit,” he said.
Stacey Lee is in foal again this season to former champion colt Dundeel.