On the rise: Unequivocal, left, is set for bigger races. Photo: Jenny EvansNoel Mayfield-Smith is eyeing off the rich two-year-old autumn races with his only juvenile, Unequivocal, after she upstaged favourite Delectation at Rosehill on Saturday.
The Hawkesbury-trained filly was purchased for $38,000 and proved that she belonged in metropolitan-class racing with her defeat of Chris Waller’s Delectation.
Mayfield-Smith declared the filly would aim high in the autumn.
”Where do two-year-olds go that win? Where’s everyone aiming for? But which route and whether you get there or not is two different things,” he said when asked where the Not A Single Doubt filly would head. ”I’ve got ideas but they’re all in my head at the moment. It’s my one and only two-year-old, so it would want to go good.
”She’s a strong horse and has always been able to hit the line. I think 1400m will be even better for her but she can run a really strong 1200m off a strong speed.”
Unequivocal took her revenge on her last-start conqueror Peggy Jean, which finished third, after Irish rider Padraig Beggy drove between horses at the 300 metres before running down Delectation inside the last 100m. ”You can’t take anything away from this horse,” Mayfield-Smith said. ”She raced well at her first start, showed ability and she can hit the line. Last start when she had to go forward, she wobbled a bit before she got to the top of the rise then she got going, whereas today she just hit it and got moving. He [Beggy] is a bloody good rider.”
Beggy, who secured his first city winner since moving to Australia last April, didn’t panic after Delectation cruised up to him and looked a winner with a furlong to go.
”I travelled well and once Hughie [Bowman] got half a length up on me I still had a feeling in the last 100 metres that I’d get there and I won with a little bit in hand,” Beggy said. ”I had to get out of a little pocket and when Hughie only got half a length in front, I knew I’d make it up.”
While Bowman said Delectation’s first-up run was good, Tommy Berry indicated that Peggy Jean would be suited to a rise in distance. ”She hung in the other day and probably hung in a little worse today,” Berry said. ”She’s still learning her trade, but she’s got plenty of ability.”
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