An emphatic black-type win for a filly “going places”

Coming towards the end of our best two-year-old season to date, blue blood filly Kooweerup became our fourth individual stakes-winning juvenile in the Group 3 Breeder’s Stakes at Morphettville on Saturday.

She won impressively at Sandown first-up where she came from the back-end of the field and stormed home in the last 200m.

We were confident with the way she finished that run that she would appreciate the extra furlong of the 1200m, and she did.

The daughter of Group 1 winning mare, Allez Wonder, settled last in the run and jockey Jamie Kah pushed the button coming around the home turn, hitting the front in the final 100m to race away and win by almost two lengths.

Kah said she had all the confidence in the filly coming into the straight and all she had to do was sit and steer.

“I just got off and said, ‘thank you for the ride, that was just a little gallop around,’ it was too easy,” she told Racing.com.

“Once they ran along a little bit early, we just got into a lovely rhythm and when I asked her, all I had to do was give her a little click and the rest she did herself.

“I was very confident at the turn,” she said.

Co-trainer Ciaron Maher was on course for the win and he credited the team for ironing out the filly’s bad habits and teaching her to relax.

“The team have done a great job with her,” he told Racing.com

“She was pretty natural and wanted to get on with the job the whole time she was in the stable and they’ve just had to relax her.

“Mark Zahra has done a good job with her; he’s done a lot of work on her to try and get her to relax and to finish off and it’s great.

“It’s great to get a winner for Mr Zhang and Yulong, they’re great supporters of racing in Australia and this horse is really going to go places I think.”

Kooweerup will head to the paddock now, to gear up for the Spring.

“She’ll furnish a bit,” Maher said. “She’s still quite raw and I think she’ll develop into a nice horse.”