Debu­tante treks Cos­mic path­way

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - RAY THOMAS

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

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