Spicey Miss beats Atomic Road, and Rock My World. Kenton Wright www.raceimages.co.nz
Trained at Cambridge by Murray and Bjorn Baker, Spicey Miss (3 B. F. Postponed – Cinnamon Mist, by Pentire) shaped as a very promising filly in the making after staging an impressive performance to win her Maiden in the Nairn Fisher Chartered Accountants over 1400-metres for three-year-olds at Rotorua on Thursday.
As she was on debut at her previous, when finding the line stylishly for second to smart debutante winner Bronte Walk (Redoute’s Choice) at Pukekohe, Spicey Miss was slow to leave the machine before settling ninth in a field of twelve.
She was giving the leader eight lengths when rider Michael Coleman eased her off the fence at the 600m, and a similar margin while angling wide for the run home at the 400m, before sustaining a huge finish.
Atomic Road (Danroad) brought her into the race nearing the home turn and his effort for second on the back of an eye-catching fifth last start suggests he too has a bright future. In addition, he is from the talented race-mare Ambush (Grosvenor).
Rock My World (Viking Ruler) finished third, ahead of the favourite Enuffisenuff (Howbaddouwantit) in fourth, with margins of a neck, by one-and-a-quarter-lengths, by one-and-a-half-lengths. Spicey Miss returned $3.80 & $2.00 on the NZ TAB, while the time for 1400-metres on good footing was a creditable 1:22.81.
The quickening attributes she displayed, along with a good head carry and continuing on past the post in solid fashion suggests Spicey Miss should appreciate stepping up in distance.
Sentiments echoed by co-trainer Bjorn Baker when saying, “I think she’s got a good future. Races like the Oaks and so forth wouldn’t be out of her range, anyway.”
Both her dam and grand-dam were unraced, but her great-grand-dam Miss Marjoram (Sir Tristram) won three times, finishing second in the Princess Handicap before a fifth in the AJC Oaks, both at Randwick.