Miss Bux plays hard ball at Ascot
Miss Bux plays hard ball at Ascot

Trainer Simon Miller was talking up the prospects of Miss Bux folllowing the filly's upset win over stable-mate and hot favourite Hard Ball Get in today's Placid Ark Stakes (1200m).

Miller bought the General Nediym three-year-old for $170,000 at the Gold Coast two years ago, but she suffered from travel sickness in her trip to Perth and was lucky to survive.

Punters had taken the odds of $6.50 to back her into $3.40 on pre-post betting markets on Miss Bux following Wednesday's acceptances, but the bay was a noticeable drifter today easing from $3 to $4.60 in the Listed feature.

Punters wanted Hard Ball Get backing the gelding from $2.40 into $2 to win first-up following his brillian six length trial win at Lark Hill on November 19.

Hard Ball Get jumped best to lead early but was soon hauled in by Patrick Carbery on Miss Bux.

Carbery let the filly slip along in front and she never looked threatened coasting t a one length win over Hard Ball Get with another 3 /4 of length back to Dueton ($8).

Miller praised Miss Dux for her sheer talent to vault from a maiden win at Bunbury first-up and win so easily in such a presitge race.

"She just smoked them up," Miller said. "She has worked with the likes of Miss Solis and such and is too good for them.

"To go from a maiden to a stakes race is a big effort.

"I was pretty subdued before the race because the owners of both horses are great owners and it could have gone either way.

"Hard Ball Get will get better when he steps up to 1400.

"She got off the truck here and nearly died.

"She spent three months getting better.

"She then had to spend six months in the paddock and miss her two-year-old races.

Both horses will now head for the Group 3 Lee-Steere Classic (1400m) in a fortnight.

Miller has strong hopes of celebrating another big win with his star mare Power Princess bound for next Saturday's $125,000 Scahill Stakes (1400m).

The West Australian

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