Graceful Anna has given young Warwick Farm trainer David Pfieffer a payday to remember with a tenacious win the $1 million Magic Millions 3YO Trophy (1400m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
After being forced to sit outside the leader, Graceful Anna shot to the lead soon after straightening after held off late challenges to claim the feature race.
Jockey Peter Robl, who won the Group I Rosehill Guineas almost two years ago, claimed his first $1 million prize on the lion-hearted filly.
â€œSheâ€™s got the will to win and win she does,â€ Robl declared as he returned to scale.
Graceful Anna cost $25,000 at last yearâ€™s Magic Millions sales and Saturdayâ€™s victory was a dream result for Pfieffer.
â€œ[Itâ€™s great] for a young bloke like me trying to get going. Iâ€™m on top of the world,â€ he said.
Graceful Anna led in a Sydney trifecta with the Anthony Cummings-trained Tallow finishing second and the well-backed favourite Love Conquers All taking third.
Winnerâ€™s breeding â€“ Graceful Anna is a three-year-old filly by Canny Lad out of Lamellar (Grand Lodge (USA)).