The Andrew Carston-trained filly Miss Federer claimed valuable black-type in the Listed Barneswood Farm Welcome Stakes (1000m) at Riccarton on Saturday.
The Swiss Ace filly was race favourite for the two-year-old feature, following her debut third placing and subsequent win at Riccarton on October 17.
Under a brilliant ride from jockey Matthew Cameron Miss Federer kept her followers on their toes, initially reluctant to enter the barriers, she was the first to clear the gates from barrier four and looked a place chance at best in the finishing stages before digging in to pip Challa and Diva Express at the post.
“I was a bit concerned at the furlong, but I knew she’d lift when Matt Cameron asked her. She’s only a $10,000 filly, and this is an awesome result for the whole team,” said Carston.
“There’s not a lot of her but she’s got natural ability and as we just saw, she’s a racehorse.”
It was a milestone win for the 2018 Gavelhouse.com Newcomer To Training recipient as it was his first at stakes level.
Carston selected the Nearco Stud-bred filly out of Bradbury Park’s New Zealand Bloodstock Book Two Yearling Sale Draft for $10,000 earlier this year.
“I think she was just a nice, neat filly,” he said. “I knew a little bit about her mother from being a good mare down in the South Island and she was cheap enough.
“I quite like to find a horse to suit these early South Island races, they are not normally big fields.”
Miss Federer has now has $44,435 in the bank plus a $8,000 Pearl Series Bonus for her owners Mark and Dawn Dowling, Clint and Jill Tauri, Russell and Ros McClean, Dave and Jill MacGibbon, Brian and Margaret Sheppard, Beau and Ann Trevathan, Lindsay and Kaz Harliwich, Joy Isaacs, Janice Banks and Terry Williamson.
She will now have well deserved breather before a possible tilt at the Karaka Million.