Three-year-old Grey Cheval stretched her unbeaten streak to three when scoring an impressive first-up win in the Crown Perth Handicap (1000m) at Ascot.
Returning after two impressive victories at Belmont Park last winter, Grey Cheval was heavily backed from $1.50 to $1.30 with bookmakers after a sizzling trial win at Lark Hill on New Year’s Eve.
The short-priced favourite didn’t let her supporters down, spearing to the front and leading all the way for jockey Paul Harvey to win by 2 ½ lengths.
Swap Ya ($12) ran on solidly for second in front of Choisime ($7).
Grey Cheval continues to defy her modest price tag of $9000, when trainer Simon Miller picked her out at the 2011
Magic Millions Perth yearling sale.
“She’s a beauty – a natural jump and run filly,” Miller’s stable foreman Michael White said.
“She did what we expected her to do.
“She’s strengthened a bit (since a spell) and we’re hoping over time she’ll become a nice sprinter in the making.
“She’s been going really well at home and trialled well so we expected her to win today.”
White said Grey Cheval will be considered for the $100,000 Magic Millions Perth 3YO Trophy on February 16 if she shows she could run out the 1400m of the race.
Two-year-old Lenience has a bright future ahead after a solid all-the-way win on debut in the Westspeed Plate
Lenience ($3.30) set up a 2 ½ length lead at the 250m and held on despite tiring late to beat the well-supported Vampi Lass ($3.60-$2.60) by a long neck.
“He’s a very nice horse and won the race with his speed today,” trainer Neville Parnham said.
“But I think in the longer term he’ll settle into the field and finish strongly.”