Leading stables unveil their 2 year olds
Bendigo is renowned as the Nursery of Champions and a number of emerging juveniles staked their claims at that reputation with impressive maiden victories at the track on Sunday.
Several leading stables unveiled their two year-old fillies at Bendigo in the first event, and it was the favourite Award Winner who continued Anthony Freedman’s blistering juvenile form, finishing ahead of the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained A Beautiful Night and the Tony & Calvin McEvoy filly Who Runs The World.
Jockey Jye McNeil said the winning daughter of Exceed And Excel had got through on natural talent while doing a bit wrong at her first time at the races.
“I thought what we saw today was pure ability, because she’s still quite timid and a little bit uneducated still and I think she’ll come on from today’s effort and she’s going to be better again in 6-12 months,” he said.
Following the victory, Freedman Racing said Award Winner would now be freshened and targeted towards a Blue Diamond Preview and a possible Queensland winter trip.
In the second race at Bendigo, trainer Robert Hickmott had declared three year-old Golden Gorge pre-race and the Mossman gelding didn’t disappoint first time at the races.
Jockey Damian Lane was also full of praise for the debutant saying he expected the three year-old to continue in winning form this preparation.
“He’s going to win more races and probably this prep too, he’s obviously been well-educated and he’s ready to win some more races,” he said.
An elite band of horses have gone on to Group 1 wins after claiming their maiden at the track on debut, including Melbourne Cup, Derby and Japan Cup successes.