Weight of numbers has worked for trainer Gerald Ryan with Peggy Jean winning the $1 million Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick.
Ryan saddled up four runners in the Group One race for two-year-olds on Saturday and it was left to Peggy Jean ($3.80) to provide the result the trainer had expected.
Continuing Nash Rawiller’s run of Group One success, Peggy Jean threaded her way through the field to be in a challenging position at the 200m.
It took another 100m for the filly to get the measure of Scratch Me Lucky ($26) before she edged clear to win decisively.
Cornrow ($26) took the minor placing.
Peggy Jean bypassed the Golden Slipper to be set for the first Group One race of the two-day Championships carnival.
“I said she wasn’t a Golden Slipper filly, she was more a Sires’ and Champagne horse,” Ryan said.
“The owners have been understanding. They could have had a runner in the Slipper, but they’ve waited for the next two (races).”