Simon A. Miller’s powerful Aquanita Racing rolled out another potential top-liner at Bunbury today with three-year-old debutante Cape Lady arrogantly dispatching of her rivals in the Book For Melbourne Cup Day at Bunbury Maiden (Race 2-1208m).
The Charge Forward filly wasn’t the best away but mustered sharp early speed to spear through and assume control shortly after the start. Rated sweetly by stable jockey Peter Knuckey, the easing $3 favourite (out from $2.45 on TABtouch Fixed Odds) was challenged by the well-regarded Ragazzo D’oro ($4.20) on the turn, before changing gears in the straight and powering to the line to score by 3-1/2 lengths (click here to watch replay).
Cape Lady, who is clearly destined for bigger and better things, is a half-sister and stablemate to the highly-rated four-year-old Ragnar’s Saga and exciting two-year-old Seannie, who Miller trained to win at last Saturday’s opening of Ascot raceday.
The Sebring filly was the first leg of a winning double for the leading Ascot-based establishment, with in-form three-year-old Smart Missile announcing herself as a serious 2016 Perth Racing Carnival feature-race contender with a slashing last to first performance over 1400 metres.