A little more experienced than her name suggests, Miss Debutante has unleashed a powerful finish to give trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott a race-to-race stakes double at Scone.
The three-year-old took out the Listed Denise’s Joy Stakes (1100m) under Tommy Berry who earlier rode her younger stablemate Debonairly to win the Woodlands Stakes.
And if Miss Debutante can stretch her talents to 1400 metres, she will take on older mares in the Group One Tatt’s Tiara at Eagle Farm next month.
In scoring her fourth win from six starts, Miss Debutante ($9.50) came late to beat favourite Snitty Kitty ($5) by three lengths with Smart Amelia ($8.50) a close third.
Although Waterhouse had discussed the possibility Miss Debutante would lead, the jockey said it wasn’t possible from the outside barrier in the field of 16.
“She couldn’t go with them early,” Berry said.
“She showed an exceptional turn of foot.
“Even though she led last start she would have had to go too hard to get there.”
Bott said the race fitted into the filly’s preparation perfectly with a view to the Brisbane winter carnival and showed her versatility.
“She is being targeted towards Brisbane. We’re hoping she can get out over further,” he said.
“Today she was able to settle off the speed. “If she can settle for 1400 metres we will send her to the Tatt’s Tiara.”
Miss Debutante is raced by New Zealand businessman Sir Owen Glenn who is most noted as the owner of star performer Criterion.