Debutante treks Cosmic pathway
MISS Debutante is likely to follow the trail blazed by former stablemate Cosmic Endeavour after she gave Tulloch Lodge and jockey Tommy Berry a stakes brace in successive races at Scone yesterday.
Berry produced a masterful ride to bring Miss Debutante from the extreme outside barrier and storm to a brilliant win in the Listed $150,000 Denise’s Joy Stakes (1100m).
Her win came 35 minutes after stablemate Debonairly won the Woodlands Stakes for trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.
“Tommy has always liked Miss Debutante and Debonairly, he has rated both fillies very highly from day one,’’ Waterhouse said.
Miss Debutante ($9.50) unleashed a stunning burst of speed to descend on her rivals halfway down the straight before careering away to win by 2¼ lengths from Snitty Kitty ($5 favourite) with Smart Amelia ($8.50) a close third.
Berry said Miss Debutante showed a “new string to her bow” as the filly had made her name racing on the speed.
“I had no option but to go back on her but she relaxed well off the hot speed,’’ the jockey said.
“The acceleration she produced late was very impressive. This filly has a big future.’’
Waterhouse said Miss Debutante reminded her of Cosmic Endeavour who won the Inglis Guineas at the Scone meeting three years ago and used that as a springboard to Brisbane carnival wins in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes and Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara.
“We were hoping Miss Debutante could get across from her wide barrier but there was enormous speed inside her and Tommy did the right thing finding cover,’’ Waterhouse said.
“It was so impressive the way she exploded in the straight.
“If she can relax like that, then she might be hard to beat in a race like the Tatt’s Tiara.
“Cosmic Endeavour won at Scone and trained on to win the Tiara so it can be done.’’
It was Miss Debutante’s fourth win from just six starts.
“Sir Owen (owner, Glenn) is a great supporter of the stable so it is great we can have this stakes winner for him,’’ Bott said.
Miss Debutante sprints hard to collar her rivals at Scone. Picture: Jenny Evans