Pretty Fast lives up to her name on Summer Crown leg
Well-bred filly Pretty Fast lived up to her name by claiming the first leg of the Summer Crown series for three-year-old's with an effortless win in the Mode Plate at Doomben on Saturday.
Ridden by Damian Browne, Pretty Fast box seated before hitting the front 600 metres from home to score a decisive 2-3/4 length win over Winter Bride in the 1200-metre Listed feature.
Dream Kisses finished third, only a neck away.
Dream Kisses’ victory stretched her winning sequence to four after heading to Brisbane with two wins at Newcastle before a last start Rosehill triumph.
The Mode Plate was the first leg of the five-race Summer Crown series for three-year-olds which culminates with the final leg in the $2 million Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast on January 13.
A $500,00 bonus is on offer if one horse can win three of the five races.
Pretty Fast, a $650,000 buy at the Magic Millions, is trained by Team Snowden and has now won four of her seven starts after claiming her first Stakes victory.
Co-trainer Paul Snowden said Pretty Fast was a more confident filly than when she campaigned in Brisbane during the winter.
"She's a valuable broodmare now she's won Black-Type and she's a Magic Millions filly," Snowden.
"We think 1200 metres is probably her best distance and there's a similar race for her in two weeks.
"The Magic Millions Guineas is over 1400 metres so we'll just wait and see."
Meanwhile the Sizzling Plate (1050m) unearthed a potential star in the making when Ardoyne Road produced a stunning debut.
Ardoyne Road missed the start badly for Toowoomba jockey Nozi Tomizawa, who had to drive the youngster around the field off his wide gate before taking a comfortable lead.
The daughter of Top Echelon relished the soft conditions and was never in danger of defeat scoring by 3-1/4 lengths over Katy’s Daughter with Veranes, third, a short head away.
Tomizawa normally rides at Toowoomba on Saturdays but jumped at the chance to ride the filly when Sears offered him the mount.
The Sizzling Plate was the opening leg of the five-race Summer Crown series for two-year-olds.
It concludes with the final leg in the $2 million Magic Millions Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on January 13.
Trainer Tony Sears will give Ardoyne Road, a $70,000 buy, plenty of time to recover before deciding his final path to the Magic Millions Classic.
“I did expect her to led if she jumped properly as she’s got loads of ability,” Sears said.
“Our aim in the Magic Millions and I paid up for her yesterday.”