If Maschino’s impressive “come from near last” win in the RJ Peters Stakes wasn’t enough to excite punter today, they would only have to wait 40 minutes to witness arguably the “perfect ride”-

with star jockey Paul Harvey charging Fuddle Dee Duddle ($12.00) to a commanding victory in the Sky Vodka Champion Fillies Stakes 1600m.

Much like Maschino, the Lindsay Smith trained Red Ransom filly is a natural middle distance performer, renowned for finishing off its races from well back in the field. And like Maschino, wins had eluded Fuddle Dee Duddle this preparation – that is, until today.

Dropped to the rear of the field as expected upon barrier rise, Harvey had most his rivals ahead of him for the majority of the race. Passing the 400m mark, Harvey said “go”, and unlike previous runs, Fuddle Dee Duddle was able to circle the field unimpeded, to storm home for a ¾ length salute.

It was a Geisel Park syndicate quinella, with stablemate Bippo No Bungus ($61.00) surprising exotic punters to run second, with the unlucky race favourite Antique Belle ($1.90) recovering late after finding trouble down the straight to finish a game third – a further ¼ length adrift.

Fuddle Dee Duddle will now be set for the Kingston Town Classic over 1800m on the 8th December.

Chris Blackwell