Furphy Sprint Wrap
1st: Fiesta (Hugh Bowman/Chris Waller) - $5.50
2nd: Too Good Too Hard (Luke Nolen/Phillip Stokes) - $31
3rd: Zaniah (James McDonald/Kris Lees) - $21
Winning Time: 1:03.71 Last 600m: 33.99
Margins: 1¼L x 1L
The powerhouse stable of Chris Waller concluded the day on a high as the last-start winner Fiesta stormed home to land a stable treble on AAMI Victoria Derby day.
Ridden by Hugh Bowman, the daughter of I Am Invincible had no trouble navigating the Flemington straight as she reeled in her rivals with ease to bring up her fourth Group class victory.
Stable representative, Jo Taylor, said it was fantastic to see the mare continue on her winning ways.
“She’s a mare that’s been racing in such good form this whole preparation. Hugh rode her perfectly and gave her every opportunity.
“The benefit here on Tuesday was that she did gallop up the straight. She followed Nature Strip and September Run so I’d say they are two nice horses to follow up the Flemington straight and she did a good job here today. It’s a different year, no crowds, but the results are still in the frame.”
Bowman thought the trip may have been short of her best but was thrilled to see the mare show a strong turn of foot.
“It’s a bit of a testing track with that headwind today, so it certainly set up for a horse of her pattern of racing, but she was certainly dominant. I had them covered, pretty comfortable, a fair way out. Chris (Waller) has got her in fine form.
“I personally thought she felt a bit better in herself this afternoon than she did last start. I don’t know if we can find another race for her this week, but she’s in great order.”
Fiesta started at $5.50 with TAB while the $3.90 favourite Diamond Effort finished outside of the placings.