David Hayes’ promising filly Wawail won on debut at Caulfield Racecourse on Wednesday earning talks of a Blue Diamond Stakes 2013 run in the autumn.
A nicely-bred daughter of Lonhro out of Redoute’s Choice mare El Daana, Wawail raced for the first time in the $35,000 Beveridge Williams 2YO Fillies Plate (1000m) run on a Slow (6) at Caulfield’s mid-week meet.
Ridden by Cox Plate winning jockey Chad Schofield she was competitive and impressive enough to get the job done and add $21,000 in prize money to the bank ahead of bigger targets this coming Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
She’s being set for a Group 1 run in the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 22.
The always positive Schofield meanwhile relished the win having spent three weeks on the sidelines serving two careless riding suspensions.
“I had two consecutive suspensions and was out for the best part of three weeks,” Schofield told AAP post-win on Wednesday.
“But on the plus side I had time to recharge and refresh after the spring carnival and I’m back now and looking forward to getting stuck into it again.”
He kept Wawail just off the pace before she let down on the soft track to pull clear and defeat the Peter Snowden-trained Sakitto by three quarters of a length.
The Blue Diamond agenda was confirmed by Hayes’ Melbouren stable rep Lizzie Jelfs who said the filly was even more impressive behind the scenes than she was on track on Wednesday.
“She’s had a very good preparation and has done nothing but impress us at home,” Jelfs said.
“Obviously under race pressure we wanted to see how she would go but she has impressed us again today.”
Having done her job Wawail is now likely to enjoy a short break at her trainer’s Euroa property ahead of her Blue Diamond bid which Schofield believes she will be well suited to.
“She’s just one of the many nice ones (in the stable),” he said on Wednesday.
“She came in today very fit and well educated. She’s got a bright future.”
Hayes will be vying for his incredible sixth Blue Diamond trophy in 2014 following five previous wins in the classic.
His past Blue Diamond winners were Canonise (1991), Principality (1995), Nadeem (2006), Sleek Chassis (2007) and most recently Reaan (2008).
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