Breeder and Perth Racing committeeman Eddie Rigg celebrated a quinella in the $200,000 SKYY Vodka Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) at Ascot when Fuddle Dee Duddle scored a brilliant win.
Relishing the addition of blinkers, Fuddle Dee Duddle ($12) stormed home from second last on the turn to edge Rigg’s other filly in the race, Bippo No Bungus, by ¾ of a length.
Antique Belle, the $1.90 favourite, was caught in traffic back in the field and eventually got clear running to finish third.
Fuddle Dee Duddle, prepared by Lindsey Smith, showed great promise as a two-year-old with two Ascot wins and a third placing in the Karrakatta Plate (1200m).
She finished back in the field in the two Champion Fillies lead-up races – the Belgravia Stakes (1200m) and Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m).
She hit the line strongly from well back in the field when seventh in the Burgess Queen and improved sharply with the addition of blinkers.
Rigg, a new member of the PR committee, races Fuddle Dee Duddle with the likes of breeder Ron Sayers and West Coast Eagles star Dean Cox.
The Champion Fillies was one of the few features to have eluded trainer Lindsey Smith before his win with Fuddle Dee Duddle.
“It’s just sensational,” Rigg said.
“This is the race we set her for since her two-year-old days.
“We also targeted this race to put the blinkers on.
“We’re also looking at the Kingston Town Classic and might bypass the Guineas.”
The Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) is run on December 8, with the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) run next Saturday.Bippo No Bungus ($61), prepared by Neville Parnham, hit the lead 100m out but was caught by Fuddle Dee Duddle.
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