”It was an unfortunate accident but this is the positive out of the negative so it’s good that we’re still here,” she said.
“She was super. She came through that last run really well and she appreciated the big drop in class and the break between runs. It was really good to get a win out of the trip.
“She’ll have a couple of weeks in the paddock now. She’ll stay here and race on. Hopefully I’ll be back in a couple of weeks. It’s been a good stay, it’s been a long stay.”
Sydney champion trainer Chris Waller has a terrific record when he shuttles horses between his NSW and Victorian stables and he landed the spoils once again in the Brew Stayers Trophy, one of the four races named after Melbourne Cup winners on the Living Legends Race Day programme.
Waller sent last start Warwick Farm winner Miyake south for the 2500 metre test and, partnered by Damian Lane, the son of star Japanese racehorse and stallion Deep Impact prevailed, seeing off the challenge of Warrnambool-trained mare Tralee Rose with another mare, Reflect The Stars, third.
The winner will now likely stay in Victoria with the 2800-metre Bagot Handicap, a $150,000 listed contest which is one of the Flemington New Year’s Day features, his target.
”It has taken a while for this horse to hit his stride. He’s come here with confidence off a last start win and the conditions suited today. Damian gave him a fantastic ride and really produced him at the right time,” said Jo Taylor, Waller’s Melbourne stable boss.
“Given his performance today we can’t see why he couldn’t continue on that sort of course. We’ll see how he pulls up and Chris will have a look at the program and see how it suits and we’ll take it from there.”
Lane, who was beaten in a tight photo-finish earlier on the card when he rode Hasseltoft (downed by the Hayes and Dabernig trained Independent Road) made it a treble soon after when he got home aboard longshot Memphis Rock for Hayes and Dabernig and Somerset Maugham for Danny O’Brien.
Mick Dee got the day off to a flying start when he landed the opening two year old race aboard the well named Profiteer, a son of Magic Millions and Golden Slipper winner Capitalist, for Mick Price and Michael Kent junior.