Punters missed the juicy odds of $60.10 for the win available on Tote when unheralded four-yearold Carlia broke her maiden status at Bunbury on Sunday.
Picture by David Bailey: With Troy Turner in the saddle, Peter Giadresco-trained galloper Hey Blondie claimed a convincing triumph in the Toro Irrigation Handicap (1410m)
Unwanted by those trackside and kept safe at $21 in the bookies’ ring, the Gary McPherson-trained mare raised eyebrows when she charged home to take the Philmac Maiden (1690m) by a long head in a one-on-one duelwith Indamani.
The win, scored with apprentice hoop Joseph Azzopardi in the saddle, came at Carlia’s fourth start.
Her previous three runs included two ninths and a 10th.
In the Thinkwater Bunbury Handicap (1100m), Malcolm Byas-trained gelding Sydney Businessman picked up where he left off in the first start of a new campaign.
After finishing his last preparation with back-to-back wins in April, Sydney Businessman burst home from 10th at the turn to claim a first-up victory by half a length.
The Brent Larsson-trained Money For Cash was second while Saezuri, from the stables of Ross and Clint Price, was third.
Hey Blondie scored the second win of her four-start campaign when a convincing two-lengths victor in the Toro Irrigation Handicap (1410m).
Prepared by veteran Bunbury trainer Peter Giadresco, Hey Blondie has placed in all four of her races this time around.
Meanwhile, in the Valley Centre Pivots Handicap (2019m) six-year-old mare Time To Front scored the second win of her 22-start career.
Trained by Justin Warwick, Time To Front turned sixth but did enough to grab the win over Majestic Boy by a head and her first triumph since breaking her maiden status last month.
In Perth on Saturday, boom apprentice Kyra Yuill rode a treble.
She scored first in the B&T Watson Handicap (1600m) on board Maschino, while in the Playeronline.com.au Handicap (1400m) she helped in-form Raquel Mills-trained galloper Miss Tahitian to victory.
Yuill chalked her third win when in the saddle of $20 chance Moonlight Bay in the $80,000 Perth Ice Works-W.A. St Leger (2100m).