Developing filly Astro Miss showed the benefit of some re-education with her soft win in the Viatke Maiden Plate (1000m) at Ballarat.
Astro Miss finished second to the subsequent city winner Mystical Miss on debut at the same track in January before trainer Anthony Freedman sent her for a spell to develop further.
Freedman brought her back for a winter campaign but decided the three-year-old needed some remedial work after her third in a Cranbourne trial on May 13.
“She had some temperament issues and had to go back to ‘school’,” Freedman said.
Further learning produced a superior galloper as Astro Miss showed when she led throughout to break her maiden in terrific fashion at her first start for eight months.
Astro Miss had enough speed to enable jockey Daniel Moor to drive her along the inside to control the race from barrier two before the chestnut skipped clear early in the straight.
Astro Miss had the measure of her opposition 200 metres out before striding to a 2-1/2-length success, repaying another $12,500 of her $60,000 purchase price she fetched at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
Moor was pleased with her win but said Astro Miss would benefit from the experience with improved racing manners in her next runs.
“She travelled well, but was inclined to hang out in the straight,” he said.
Freedman said the lucrative local incentive schemes would enable the Victorian-bred filly to continue to earn good prizemoney for connections during her spring preparation.
“She has always shown ability and being Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold, she has the makings of a good money spinner for her connections.”
Congratulations to Astro Miss’s owners – Australian Bloodstock, Mr S Ziccone, Mr D Zavitsanos, Mr B S Wilson, Mr S Baldock, Mr B E Grubb, Mr Y Z Xie, Mr G I Smith, Bromfield Park Pty Ltd, Ms N A Greene, Oliver Racing, Australian Bloodstock No 2 and Dr A C Matthews.
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