Local trainers Dylan Stratford and Simone and Andrew Walker can all look forward to the upcoming juvenile feature races with optimism after their stable stars saluted in consecutive races at Melton on Friday afternoon.
First up, the Walkers promising three-year-old pacer Dennis William bullied his rivals into defeat with a crushing victory in the TAB Long May We Play Pace. Eased out of the early speed battle by driver Simone Walker, Dennis William cruised to the position outside of the leader Its Ebonyivory with a lap to travel.
The two well-fancied runners dashed clear of their opposition rounding the final bend before Dennis William gained the upper hand and found the line in a blistering 1:53:9 mile rate for the 1,720 metre affair.
A son of leading sire Art Major and from the very good race mare Getya Wings Out, Dennis William has now recorded five wins and one placing from just seven career starts and will be set for the rich Breeders Crown Series and Vicbred Super Series through November and December.
Three-year-old trotting filly Naked Ambition (pictured) proved she is up to a tilt at the best of her age and sex in the coming months with a convincing win in the Melton Toyota Trot.
Taking on older opposition, the daughter of Andover Hall and Starcus didn’t have things all her own way and was forced to sit parked for the first lap after unsuccessfully trying to rest the lead from Atego Titan who began quickly from barrier two. The filly gained cover after the well-supported Caabello made a mid race move and driver Scott Ewen bided his time before unleashing Naked Ambition over the final 200 metres. She went on to record a soft win over the fast finishing Majestic Dream with Caabello holding down third placing.
Stratford was understandably upbeat the morning after the race in an interview with CHRC Racing manager Cameron Gallagher for members of the Cranbourne Club 21 group of owners.
“I was very happy with how she went, she trotted really nice and hit the line really well,” Stratford said. “If I had a little query going in to the race it was how she would back up off a seven-day break but she’s obviously taken a lot of improvement out of her first race and will take more improvement from this race too.”
“She did it pretty easy in the end. And she’s pulled up really bright this morning. Everything is looking good at the moment which is something you don’t always get to say with horses.”
Naked Ambition will have her next assignment in the $10,000 Aldebaran Park Starlet for three-year-old trotting fillies on her home track on Sunday 4th October as a lead in to the Group 1 Victoria Trotting Oaks at Melton on Saturday 17th October.
By David Scott