The Chris Waller trained Brazilica might have been in her maiden race at Randwick-Kensington on Wednesday, but punters had no doubt as to the outcome with the three-year-old Redoute’s Choice filly backed from $2.60 into $1.50 including $16,500 @ $1.85 earlier in the day.
Their confidence was justified with the Hugh Bowman ridden filly winning with a 2L advantage with Waller considering higher levels quite quickly for her.
Bowman eased Brazilica to the outside of the early leader Hostwin Supreme with Tim Clark before the entrance to the main straight and then counted out the sectionals to the 200m before sending her on her way to the line.
Hostwin Supreme (Zoustar) and Clark were 1 1/4L ahead of Secret Legend (I Am Invincible) and Jason Collett in third. The time was 1.04.74 on the Soft 5 track with the final 600m in 34.83.
The well-bred Brazilica is not only by the champion sire, but her dam Brazilian Pulse, by Captain Rio, won the 2010 Group 2 Wakeful Stakes and Group 1 VRC Oaks double.
“The most impressive thing for me was her action, she has an extraordinary action,” said Bowman.
Waller suggested that Brazilica will stretch out to 1600m and ‘pretty quickly’.
The win was the middle of a treble for the stable with So Taken (Street Boss) winning the first and Savacool (NZ) (Savabeel) winning the third of the programme. Apprentice Sam Weatherly rode both to take his metropolitan tally to ten for the season to date.
Later in the programme the impeccably-bred four-year-old mare Girl Tuesday won her fourth race in succession when taking the The Agency Real Estate Bm 76 Handicap (1800m).
The Waller trained Strawberry Hills home-bred Street Cry mare out of Tuesday Joy under Bowman was too strong for the field running out the winner by a 3/4L margin over stablemate Mazaz ridden by Weatherly.
Another who was heavily supported from $1.80, Girl Tuesday repaid punters faith for their early support and ending up paying $1.30 on fixed odds and the tote.
Waller moves to 47 winners with his nearest rival Godolphin’s James Cummings with 28.
Vancouver@Coolmore Australia Handicap, photo finish picture ATC