Black Cloud descends on Randwick rivals

Having begun the day questioning how well The Black Cloud had come back this campaign, Joe Pride ended it by labelling her a stakes-class horse in the making.

The Proven Thoroughbreds filly took her record to three wins from four starts with a rousing first-up victory in Saturday's Taylor Construction Handicap (1000m) at Randwick, showing a new string to her bow by coming from off the speed to comfortably reel in her rivals.

While she had shown enormous promise at her initial preparation, Pride admitted her two trials had him wondering whether she had returned to work quite as well this campaign.

"We had in mind going to Scone with her and we just didn't think she had trialled well enough to put her on a float and go all the way to Scone," Pride said. "She trialled, not conservatively, but maybe a little bit below what she was capable of doing.

"She's a horse who turns up on race day with her best and we have continually seen that from her. She is a filly who is building a really good record and she's going places."

Despite Pride's reservations, The Black Cloud started a $4.40 favourite and had 1-1/4 lengths to spare over Passeggiata ($6), with Mogo Magic ($7) another nose back in third.

Pride was unsure of immediate plans for The Black Cloud saying he had been keen to see what she did first-up before deciding where to head.

"I wanted to see how she came back," he said. "You can get carried away saying you're going to go here, here, and here and all of a sudden, you haven't got the horse and you've told everyone where you're going — I've been there a few times.

"It's easy with good horses, but with progressive horses it is never that easy."

While Pride doesn't have an immediate target, he is confident The Black Cloud will measure up to stakes company at some stage.

"You'd have to think so because she is so lightly raced and she is already beating up the older horses. You'd have to suggest she could be [a black-type horse]," he said.

The Black Cloud won like a filly going places in a hurry; picture