Randwick trainer Les Bridge doesn’t have a big team these days but he unveiled a filly of quality at Canterbury on Wednesday in Shigeru Sendan.
The two-year-old upset a plunge on Wantabetheone, a first starter for the Hawkes stable who was backed from $4.60 to start a $2.40 favourite but tailed off last after racing outside the leader.
Shigeru Sendan settled off the speed for Tim Clark and had some trouble gaining a clear run until halfway up the straight when she burst through along the inside and raced away to beat Brazen Moss.
Bridge was thrilled the filly was able to win despite a chequered passage but doesn’t believe she will fully blossom until at least the spring.
“She got flattened at her first start and she was flattened there today,” Bridge said.
“She’ll be a nice filly in six months.
“She hasn’t been easy to train, she is lightly framed and a long way off maturing physically but she’s got a lot of ability.”
Runner-up Brazen Moss is among entries for the Group One JJ Atkins in Brisbane but trainer Gerald Ryan says he needs to win a race in Sydney to earn a trip north.
Wantabetheone’s jockey James McDonald was questioned by stewards about the horse’s poor showing but could shed little light on the effort.
“He travelled brilliantly and that’s why I expected him to let down,” McDonald said.
“The way he wobbled around the bend, I had a look down because I thought he bled.”
A post-race vet examination showed no abnormalities.