Patinack Farm claimed the first juvenile race of the Sydney season when speedy filly Hussousa outgunned her rivals to land the Listed Gimcrack Stakes at Randwick.
Winning trainer John Thompson gave Jo Moreira a lowdown on what to expect as it was the first time the Singapore-based jockey had ridden in a two-year-old race locally.
“He fired it out didn’t he?” Thompson said.
“I pre-warned him they would go a hundred miles an hour and to be ready for it.”
Moreira clearly listened, sooling Hussousa into a forward position and careering away from her rivals in the straight to win the 1000m feature by 1-1/2 lengths over Queenslander Snipzu with Jade Marauder another 2-1/4 lengths away third.
“From day one when we went through the horses in the paddocks as babies she stood out,” Thompson said of Hussousa who is by Patinack Farm’s first season sire Husson.
“She looked like an early two-year-old then, she was well developed, a good size and had a good hindquarter.”
Hussousa’s victory gave Patinack Farm a clean sweep of the opening two-year-old races in the country after Crown Of Coureuse won at Toowoomba last Saturday.
Thompson said Patinack boss Nathan Tinkler would be rapt to have his youngsters hitting the mark so early.
“The boss will be happy. That’s the second two-year-old race in the country and we’ve won them both so he will be very happy,” Thompson said.
Thompson said he would see how Hussousa came through the run but favoured sending her for a break.
Trainer Liam Birchley was thrilled with the effort of Snipzu who will be aimed at the Magic Millions Classic.
“She was just working in the run and that might have made it harder for her,” Birchley said.
“The good thing is she did everything right, she got a bit of money in the bank and a bit of black-type.”
My Shabella, who was second favourite, was scratched at the barrier after hitting her head on the stall.