Baleen In Me stamped herself as an exciting future prospect for trainer Stephen Rowe when she recorded her third win, from as many starts, by easily taking the Connector Drilling Sprint (1000m) at Ascot yesterday.
A midweek winner at Esperance and Ascot in January, jockey Brad Parnham had the favourite ‘sweating’ on the leading trio in the one-one line in what Rowe described as “a very good ride.”
Il Vincero (Ryan Hill) finished well for second, edging out the consistent Wahkeena (Troy Turner), but Baleen In Me gave nothing else a chance after shooting clear in the straight.
Rowe had initially planned to start his three year old filly next week but after she had worked well on Tuesday he took Parnham’s advice to run her a week early.
“I was very confident that she would deliver,” he said.
The trainer will give the Flying Pegasus filly another couple of starts before turning her out with the next summer carnival her mission.
Another fancied runner, Pure Glamour, was withdrawn at the barrier, by order of the stewards, after she flipped over backwards and landed on her head.
The filly, a winner of two her six races, was riderless at the time and was about to be loaded into the barrier by an attendant.