Promising filly Streama showed she could be a prominent player in the Princess Series later this year when she raced to a deserved victory in Saturday’s Keith Mackay Quality.
The filly’s win in the heavy conditions at Randwick brought up a race-to-race double for trainer Guy Walter who is no stranger to Doncaster day success having trained the Doncaster trifecta in 2005.
Walter said he “couldn’t speak highly enough” of Streama after the daughter of Stratum ended her campaign on a high note in the Listed event over 1200m, defeating Charm’s Honour ($5.50) by a long neck with Houston Benefactor ($7.50) three-quarters of a length away third.
Her victory came forty minutes after stablemate Hood raced to a dominant win in the TAB Sportsbet iPhone App Handicap (1200m).
Streama defied a betting drift on track ($2.80 to $6), settling just behind the speed before warming up in the straight.
Charm’s Honour moved up on the inside to hit the front but Streama knuckled down to her task in the final 100 metres and was strong enough to overpower her rivals.
Walter ruled out next Saturday’s Champagne Stakes (1600m) and will look to the Princess Series for three-year-old fillies later this year which culminates with the Group One Flight Stakes (1600m) at the end of the Sydney spring carnival.
“She is a filly that has always shown a lot of potential and a lot of ability,” Walter said.
“It’s very nice to see her now go out on a winning note because her runs have been very good without winning.
“She has done everything we’ve asked of her and I really can’t speak highly enough of her, she’s a really nice filly and I’m looking forward to the spring.”
Streama had previously finished second in two of her three starts including the Group Three Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm last month.
Winning jockey Hugh Bowman echoed Walter’s opinion and believes Streama will make her presence felt as a spring three-year-old.
“I’ve got a very high opinion of her and I think she’ll be well and truly up to the top-class fillies in the spring,” Bowman said.
“And when it gets to a mile (1600m) she is going to come into her own.”