“I was hoping to get some cover, but it didn’t work out. She got a clear run and has a good turn of foot.
“Her best attribute is her attitude. She is a very laid-back filly, just eats and sleeps, probably the perfect racehorse.
“She can probably take that next step now and look at a Golden Slipper campaign.”
Four Moves Ahead was made a $17 Golden Slipper chance and gave Tommy Berry a winning return from a short break. Berry made it clear the potential Four Moves Ahead has in his eyes.
“It is the first time in 10 years I have come back and ridden 54kg – that’s what I thought of her,” Berry said. “She is only going to get better.”
The win gave Sargent a perfect record with his two-year-olds for the season after Readily Availabull won the Clockwise Classic at Ballarat.
“We only have seven two-year-olds, and only the two have run so far . . . it would be nice to keep that going,” Sargent said. “Readily Availabull will be on the Gold Coast for us, and this filly will go to the Widden Stakes in about a month.
“I hold her in high regard. I’ve had a couple of champion two-year-olds in New Zealand. It’s obviously up in class here to train a two-year-old, but she is going in the right way.”
Gary Moore, who had a winner later in the day with Nuclear Summit, still holds hope of getting Ruby Kisses into the Magic Millions and will back her up at Canterbury next Friday.
Meanwhile, Warwick Farm trainer Joe Pride is hoping Private Eye has enough prizemoney to get into the Magic Millions Guineas after he completed a hat-trick of wins this preparation and made it four in a row.
The Al Maher gelding again showed acceleration when needed to get himself out of trouble and complete a comprehensive victory.
“There is plenty of upside to him,” jockey Regan Bayliss said. “He is still very green and raw, but when he gets plenty of room he really lifts.”
Pride said Private Eye’s turn of foot was always there but he was worried when he drifted to $5.50 late in betting before scooting clear of Super Effort ($9.00) and Count De Rupee ($6.50).
“I came here thinking I had the best horse easy and he got to $5.50,” Pride said.
“I know I have a good horse and to my eye he has shown that in his all wins. You would like to think that will get him in [the Magic Millions Guineas] but we’ll wait and see.
“That’s where we want to go.”
Pride landed a winning double when De Grawin ($3.20) also made it four wins straight and continued her perfect record for the stable with an all-the-way win on resuming.
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald