Sydney’s leading trainer, by a wide margin, Chris Waller, made it metropolitan win number 167 for the season when two-year-old filly Bubbles’N’Troubles easily won on debut in the $40,000, Australian Turf Club Plate (1200m) at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
Waller is rapidly heading towards eclipsing his previous best of 169 Sydney winners for a season and the Hinchinbrook filly made light work of her task to add to the stables tally.
The track was rated a Heavy 8 and Corey Brown used barrier 12 to keep Bubbles’N’Troubles out in the middle of the track and close to the leader Echo Gem and Rachel King as the field of 12 came along the side of the Georges River.
The well backed $2.90 favourite, first starter Reelem In Ruby under Kerrin McEvoy, was in fourth further in towards the rail, but still some four off the inside.
Entering the main straight Echo Gem put the flag up and faded and quickly Bubbles’N’Troubles and Brown took over racing in the middle. McEvoy had Reelem In Ruby working hard inside Bubbles’N’Troubles, but the margin at the 300m was over a length and this did not change for the rest of the straight.
Brown gave Bubbles’N’Troubles a reminder to keep up the pace, but essentially he rode hands and heels to the line for a good 1 1/2L win that suggests higher levels for the filly later in the year.
Reelem In Ruby (Pierro) and McEvoy were also well clear of Singing Sand (Poet’s Voice) and Tye Angland in third, who in turn were 1 3/4L ahead of On The White Turf (NZ) in fourth.
The time was 1.11.95 with the final 600m in 36.27. Bubbles’N’Troubles paid $6.00 on fixed odds and $6.60 on the tote.
“Outstanding effort from the wide barrier. Very professional with a good kick at the top of the straight. There is a lot to like about her. She should be able to go onwards and upwards from here,” said racing manager Charlie Duckworth.
Brown confirmed the promise of the filly.
“She won as she liked. She definitely is a horse on the rise,” he said.
Bubbles’N’Troubles, out of the Irish River mare, has an all-female ownership group of Mrs J Spicer, Mrs K J Pearce, Ms C M Croughan, Mrs C Banjanin, Mrs M Franks, Mrs M V Wockner, Ms L Wreford, Ms D V Pope, Mrs B A Quinn, Mrs C Pearce, Mrs K Stephenson, Mrs K Koumas, Mrs M C Hayne, Ms S E Coyne, Miss J Mavridis, Mrs A Constantinou, Mrs J Embrey and Mrs D J Birch.
The debut win placed $33,220 into the stakes account.
Australian Turf Club Plate, photo finish picture ATC