A ‘Surefire’ success story
Chris Waller’s Randwick treble included an imported four year-old destined to win Group races.
Surefire ($17) made his Australian debut in the Benchmark 88 (2000m) in which stablemate Yiyi was favourite and finished last.
Surefire went to the line strongly to defeat Galaxy Belle by a half length.
He had five starts in England for three wins and a second.
At his last start he beat 16 rivals in a Three Year-Old Handicap over 2414m at Ascot in June.
Outstanding mare Verry Elleegant and three year-old filly Hinged completed the treble for the leading trainer.
Verry Elleegant claimed her second Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at her second start since winning the Melbourne Cup.
Hinged edged out the Queensland filly Startantes in the Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) to make her record six wins from 12 starts.
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Pakenham Thursday night racing produced another potential star when first starter So You See won the Maiden (1400m) for three year-old fillies.
So You See powered home to defeat Tauty by four lengths.
Mike Moroney trains the So You Think-Lady Cumquat filly.
Lightly raced five year-old Yasmee was another impressive winner at Pakenham.
Yasmee set the pace in a heat of the Country Mile Series, a Benchmark 64.
He kept going strongly to score by five lengths.
The Nathan Dunn trained gelding has won three from five starts and has qualified for the series final at Flemington on March 19.
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Profondo holds the key to the Group 1 Australian Guineas at Flemington.
He is the logical favourite if he comes from Sydney.
Profondo won the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes at only his third start.
Victoria Derby winner Hitotsu, attempting a first-up win, is hard to assess.
Pinstriped has strong recent form and is a top chance again.
Pascero, Captivant and Forgot You chased Pinstripe home at Flemington and are others to consider.
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Follow – Surefire: Imported four year-old should have more wins in store.
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Coming winners: Yearning, Group 1 Thousand Guineas winner in October, resumed with Caulfield third.
Mo’unga was second at Caulfield at first run since third to Zaaki in November.
Magic impressed on debut at Rosehill, hitting the line strongly for second.