Sensational filly Cool Trade firmed for a tilt at the Ascot summer carnival after scoring a blistering win in The Wild Turkey Spiced Sprint (1200m) at Ascot.
Backed into $2.80 favouritism, Cool Trade made light work of her big weight impost of 59kg to thrash a strong field of three-year-olds.
Jockey Patrick Carbery kicked up the Trade Fair filly on the fence, holding the $3 second favourite Saint Bro one-off the rail.
Saint Bro served it up to Cool Trade to hold the lead but the latter proved too strong in the straight, kicking away to score by 2¼ lengths.
Saint Bro held second and Max Almighty ran on powerfully to finish third.
The win was Cool Trade’s third in a row and boosted her record to four wins from seven starts.
Trainer Alan Mathews hailed the victory as Cool Trade’s most impressive and said she could be in line for summer carnival features.
“It’s a bit hard to say on her previous two wins that she was going to come here today and go better,” an emotional Mathews said.
“She’s had five weeks between runs. We just gave her a week off and tried to keep the lid on her for four
weeks which has been bloody tough.
“We’re only running over 1200 because we think that’s easy for her and she’s winning.
“She’s just an exceptional filly.
“I don’t know where we go with her. It’s unlimited at this stage.
“If we keep her sound we’ll have to start looking to Christmas for something.”
Cool Trade was bought for just $15,000, sourced by bloodstock agent John Chalmers at a Perth yearling sale in 2012.