Clean Energy gets Carter in Brisbane

Clean Energy (by Zoustar) lived up to her hefty price-tag when showing unlimited potential to land the $160,000, Listed, City Property Services Bill Carter Stakes (1200m) at Doomben at just her second career start.

A $2.6 million yearling purchased raced in the colours of Yulong Investments in partnership with Westerberg and Coolmore, Clean Energy had proven to be an impressive winner of her only previous outing when claiming a 2YO Maiden Handicap at Warwick Farm on an extreme Heavy 10 surface.

Switiched to Brisbane for today’s black-type assignment and sent to post a firm favourite, the full-sister to Group 1 winner Sunlight showed natural speed to position herself just off the leader in the early stages before producing an instinctive winning mentality in the straight to fight off the determined late challenge of main rival Lady Shenandoah (by Snitzel) to score by just under a length.

Clean Energy and Lady Shenandoah came well away from their rivals over the closing stages, with Canara (by I Am Invincible) finishing best of the rest — albeit close to five lengths in arrears of the quinella.

Clean Energy holds off Lady Shenandoah for her maiden stakes race victory; picture Racing Queensland/Michael McInally

Adam Hyeronimus rode the winner on behalf of co-trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott and was suitably impressed by the performance. Speaking after the win, the Sydney-based hoop remarked: “She’s a very nice filly and she just feels like she’s so far advanced for her age.

“Measuring her up with the other two-year-olds that we have in our stable, she’s one of the better fillies in the stable and that is saying something as Gai and Adrian have basically won every two-year-old race this season.

“It is pleasing … pleasing for the owners who have invested a lot of money. They’ve got that stakes win now.

“We’ve exposed some very good two-year-olds in the last couple of weeks — a colt and a filly — it is exciting for the staff, too, that we have these [rising] three-year-olds to take into the spring.”

Hyeronimus added: “Her work on Tuesday morning was sensational. I probably didn’t want to be outside the leader [in the race proper] but just the way it jumped and the way it panned out, that’s where I was.

“It is never an easy position to be in any race, let alone two-year-olds. She’s learning and at the top of the straight, when the leader dropped off, I had to take the field up. She came to the middle of the track, skipped away and I could feel her pick up again when the second horse came to her.

“She’s a very nice filly with a bright future, and hopefully we can look forward to Group One races in the spring.”

Representing the successful training partnership, Adrian Bott stated: “Lovely to see the nice progression from her. It is important for her to come away at this point of her career [as] she is still very lightly raced and still new. I think this trip away is really going to help her going forward.

“We’ve got bigger things in store and by no means have you seen the best of her yet. She’s a very progressive filly and I think today has been a real positive, and we’ll see that improvement in the spring.

“She’s got phenomenal balance — everything is in proportion and everything is as it should be. You could look at her all day parading there. Great to see her run up to those looks and she’s got the pedigree to match.”

Clean Energy was returned the $2.10 favourite, Lady Shenandoah at $4.60, and Canaraat at $41.

Winning time was 1m10.36s, and the final 600m run in 35.53s.

Official margins were registered as  ¾-Len x 4½-Len.