Two very promising 3-year-olds fought out the finish of the $50,000, ATC Bowermans Commercial Furniture Plate (1100m) at Canterbury Park when Tiny (by Lonhro) and Cat D'Oro (by Medaglia D'oro) streeted their rivals for a respective one-two in the Sydney midweek metropolitan event.
Each having their second career start, the beautifully-bred duo lined-up in a competitive 10-horse affair which ultimately saw them surge away from their opposition over the closing stages and stamp themselves as black-type prospects at some stage in the new season.
Tiny, a daughter of Lonhro from the family of Group 1 Oaks winner Rinky Dink, did best on the day, finishing a very narrow distance in advance of Cat D'Oro, the first foal of the former high-class Dubawi (Ire) racemare Catkins.
No fewer than five-lengths separated the pair from the third placegetter All That Sass (by Hinchinbrook), with $3.60 favourite Barossa Rosa coming home fifth.
A Godolphin homebred, Tiny was ridden to victory by Kerrin McEvoy who claimed that the filly's attitude probably won the day.
Caught wide entering the only turn, McEvoy sat quiet until he entered the straight where his mount found plenty in a ding-dong battle over the closing 250 metres.
“She worked with me around the corner, which allowed me to save a little bit [for the finish]” explained McEvoy, before adding “it was a good, strong win.”
McEvoy suggested that there was no reason he could think of why Tiny wouldn't make further progress this preparation and possibly start in a better quality event in the very near future.
The same sentiment can definitely be applied to the runner-up Cat D'Oro. The magnificently-bred son of Medaglia D'oro lost nothing in defeat — conceding 2kg to the winner due to the set weights conditions — and can rightfully be regarded as an equally exciting prospect.
Significantly, Cat D'Oro holds a nomination for the Group 1 Golden Rose in late September, a fact which illustrates the regard connections hold for the prized colt.
Both kept safe in betting on the event, Tiny was returned at $6.00 and Cat D'Oro at $5.00. The minor placegetter All That Sass was sent off a $26.00 chance.
Time for the race 1m08.06s on a Soft 7, the final 600m being recorded as 37.72s.
Official margins were a Short-head x 5L.
Other than Tiny and Cat D'Oro, the future placement of Beachhaven should possibly be noted as the handsome son of Exceed And Excel did virtually everything wrong on debut.
A conspicuous last on settling, the $280,000 yearling sale purchase then proceeded to over-race into the only turn before finishing the race off fairly to cross the line in sixth position.
ATC Bowermans Commercial Furniture Plate, photo finish picture ATC