Pukekohe trainers Moira and Kieran Murdoch unearthed a promising three-year-old filly at Avondale on Thursday when Petrabella scored an impressive debut win in the Westbrook ‘Crackling Rose’ 2017 (1400m).
Sporting the silks of prominent owners Brendon and Jo Lindsay, the home-bred daughter of Pierro came from just off the speed in the hands of Leith Innes to chase down the well-fancied Massachusetts and looks a filly with upside.
Sent out a $24 chance, Petrabella had trialled on three occasions, finishing unplaced in her first two trials prior to a solid second.
“Her first trial up at Ruakaka was actually very impressive,” Moira Murdoch said. “She missed the jump by a mile.
“Her next two trials were on rain-affected ground and we just thought she needed a firm track.
“She had a lovely draw and a lovely trip today.
“She’s got a great temperament and I’d say she is quite talented.”