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2013 Magic Millions-bound filly Driefontein showed she was right on track for a summer return blowing her rivals away with a smart three length trial win at Royal Randwick on Monday moving one step closer to proving she was not just a gun juvenile.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained daughter of Fastnet Rock was easily the most impressive trial winner at the track yesterday morning when Tommy Berry guided her to a three length victory over 1000m in a time of 59.10.
Waterhouse runners saturated the heat running the top five places in the six horse hit-out, New Zealand Derby runner-up Rock ‘N’ Pop running second, but it was the winning effort from Driefontien that most caught the eye.
“She jumped well and just travelled on the pace throughout and at the top of the rise Tommy allowed the filly to extend,” Star Thoroughbreds’ director Denise Martin said.
“She then scooted away and won the trial by a number of lengths in a very acceptable time,”
“Tommy was ecstatic and just said she felt marvellous and can’t wait for her to resume this preparation.”
Driefontein has won four of her seven starts to date already amassing over $1.4 million in prize money thanks to her protest win in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast back in January over stablemate No Looking Back.
She also boasts two stakes wins in the BJ McLachlan Stakes at Doomben last December and the Widden Stakes at Warwick Farm in February.
Last seen running a first-up second behind Golden Slipper runner-up Snitzerland in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on August 18, she was sent for an early spell to mature having not come on as a three-year-old quite as well as expected.
“She had a stellar 2YO preparation,” Martin said.
“She won four races, the Magic Millions, the McLachlan, she won the Widden Stakes and she ran sixth in the Golden Slipper.
“She was a revelation as a two-year-old and she probably just needed an extra two months in the paddock to rest, mature and develop.”
Driefontein has now had two official trials since however and has impressed on both occasions proving to Martin she would make an impact this time in.
“She has come back particularly well and looks ready to resume where she left off,” Martin said.
“We are very much looking forward to this preparation.”
It is now all systems go for the smart filly’s return to the track at the Gold Coast on Saturday January 12, 2013 where she will target the $1 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas.
Leading up to the Guineas however Driefontein will have an earlier run with Martin and co. still contemplating whether to run her first-up in Queensland or New South Wales.
“There are a number of first up options including the Magic Millions 3YO Wyong race on the 20th of December,” Martin said.
“There is also a stakes race for her in Brisbane before the end of the December.
“Then she will head to the Gold Coast for the Magic Millions 3YO Classic.
“I would image we’ll know what her first up assignment is by the end of this week.”
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