One runner and one winner for Davies
13 Jun 2012 | Shrewd Gosford trainer Angela Davies only saddled up one runner at Canterbury on Wednesday but that’s all it took to ensure she drove home on the F3 Freeway a winner.
She’s A Stalker proved too strong in the two-year-old maiden, ploughing through a rain-affected six furlongs to reward on-track punters who had emphatically backed the visiting filly.
In her third race start, the youngster started hastily, settled in behind the speed on the rail and drew clear at the 100m under the urgings of Corey Brown.
Secret Sham ran second beaten almost three lengths while Raw Snitzel grabbed third, but they were powerless to stop the impressive winner.
“We decided to go a little bit positive from the gate today and that probably won us the race,” Davies said.
“The filly still doesn’t know how to race so we thought we’ll go positive and we’ll let her do the rest.
“I think she’s a very nice filly, I think she’d be a nicer three-year-old so we may put her away and bring her back for the three-year-old races.”
Should Davies send her filly to the paddock, it’ll draw the curtain on what’s been a somewhat frustrating juvenile season.
She debuted behind the impressive Amorino on New Year’s Eve, but failed to finish.
Midway through last month she resumed at Scone and finished three lengths off Anthony Cummings money spinner Diamond Earth, before constant rain across Sydney led to the filly being scratched in consecutive weeks.
The rain did not abate, and Davies decided to give her filly a go in the wet which proved an excellent decision.
“She’s going to be better on top of the ground. She didn’t flounder but she couldn’t get good footing,” Brown said.
“She cost herself a little bit of ground in doing that.
“The way she jumped I just put her out and put her on the rail. She didn’t have the speed to lead but once she got in behind the speed she travelled really well.”
Brown brought up an early double at Canterbury after riding Joseph Pride four-year-old Gasquet to victory in the no-metro-win handicap over 1100m.
It was the gelding’s second-straight win under Brown.
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