Smart juvenile Assail continued a terrific week for trainer Clarry Conners with her outstanding debut win at Warwick Farm.
Conners claimed the Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) at Flemington with Dear Demi less than 48 hours before Assail won the Foterra Foodservice Handicap (1000m) on her home track.
Assail showed ability when second at her only trial at Warwick Farm on October 26 before improving off that effort to win at her first race start.
Apprentice Anthony Allen partnered Assail in her $85,000 assignment. Assail gave him a few anxious moments when she began a touch slowly but the filly mustered terrific pace to find the lead comfortably soon after the start.
Assail displayed a high cruising speed throughout the middle stages before quickening well early in the straight. The runner-up In Cahoots chased honestly but never seriously threatened to deny Assail a the perfect start to her career.
“Things didn't go to plan in the race," Conners's son Marc, himself a Warwick Farm trainer, said.
"We weren't supposed to be where we were in the race but the filly showed great fight at the finish for her first start and I'm sure she's got a bright future.
"She's a ready-made racehorse. There's not a lot of her but she's just a ball of muscle.”
The four-time Golden Slipper-winning trainer paid $40,000 for Assail at the 2012 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale. The two-year-old recouped that amount in one start after earning a $48,750 winner’s cheque.
Congratulations to Assail’s owners – Victory Lodge, Miss K L Black, Charge Hard, Mrs S J Monteith, L D J, Mr R D Williamson, Mr J J Vizzone, Mr K J Campbell.
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