Pasadena Girl stamped herself as the front-runner for the Spring classics with a strong victory in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
The two-year-old filly keeps exceeding the expectations of trainer Peter Moody, recording her third win in four starts – all at black-type level.
Sent out a $2.80 favourite, Pasadena Girl went back early as Jason Warren’s The Barrister set a solid tempo, before swooping down the outside late for an impressive win, beating Street Rapper and Tarquin.
In an ominous warning for her rivals, Moody thinks she’ll be even better in the Spring.
“She just continues to surprise so anything’s possible,” the Caulfield trainer said.
“She’s a Flight Stakes/Thousand Guineas-type filly and then you look at the Wakeful and the Oaks. I think she’s certainly got that scope ahead of her.
“She’s a little gem.”
Moody didn’t expect the pint-sized daughter of Savabeel, who cost just $25,000 at the Inglis Premier Sale, to come up this quickly.
“When I purchased her I expected her to be going to the races this time next year so she’s surprised us,” he said.
“She’s got an unbelievable attitude towards racing and towards her work for a little filly.
“It was probably only the heavy ground that cost her the Sires’ (Produce) the other day.
“She’s buttered up for the fourth time here and probably presented bigger and stronger on each occasion even though she’s only a pony. It’s only upwards and onwards from here for her.”
It completed a double for the stable after Hi World, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, captured the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate earlier in the day.