With reference to following up an outsider that wins a race at odds, I’ve always used a simply formula – you need to see the horse repeat the dosage.
It is not often that a “roughie” backs up from a surprise victory, but that is exactly what we witnessed today, with the Sharon Millar trained Moreish snatching the $80,000 Listed Natasha Stakes for the fillies over 2200m.
A fortnight earlier, the More Than Ready filly had defied the odds when storming home from near last to claim the 1000 Guineas 1800m feature at the generous price of 25 to 1. The thought of lightning striking twice for Moreish ($6.00 – $9.00) in today’s race proved too big an ask for punters, as the filly drifted heavily in the market prior to the jump. But on a day which provided a number of upsets, the finish of the Natasha Stakes would see three long-shots fighting out the placing’s, with Moreish claiming the mantle.
Star hoop Troy Turner sent Moreish back in the field upon barrier rise, happy to allow a speed battle to unfold up front. Angel Rose ($17.00) and Fancy Feet ($81.00) dictated terms early in proceedings, stringing out rivals as they ensured a fast clip to the feature. With lengths gapping the field, Turner started to improve Moreish mid-race, but was still a fair way off passing the 400m mark. Entering the straight for the final time, Angel Rose and Fancy Feet kicked clear, as public elect Kim China ($4.40 fav) and Summah’s Touch ($4.60) failed to fire and drifted out of contention. But down the outside of the track came Moreish with a mighty surge, claiming the leaders inside the final furlong to career to the line for a one length victory.
Angel Rose fought on gamely for second, just outlasting Fancy Feet by a quarter length.
Moreish will now be set for the Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) on April 6, with connections, jockey and trainer all hoping that lightning will strike trice.