Well bred filly Heaven’s Delight began her career in sparkling fashion with victory in the $50,000 Magic Millions 2YO Classic over 1220 metres at Launceston on Wednesday night.
The Gary White-trained daughter of Star Witness showed plenty of early toe, crossing the field from her outside draw under Daniel Moor to take up the pace.
She travelled kindly throughout but was quickly joined by long odds-on fave Derasa shortly after straightening.
However, after being clearly headed at the 200 metres, Heaven’s Delight ($5) showed plenty of grit to fight back for a narrow victory.
The winner’s dam, Heaven’s Choice, was also talented, placing in the Magic Millions 3YO Classic of 2012.
The win was the first leg of a race-to-race double for White, as he went on to take the Class 3 handicap over 1420 metres with D’Inzeo ($8.90), who led throughout under two-kilo claimer Nathan Punch.
The lightly raced five-year-old has now won at four of his 12 appearances and placed on another two occasions.
Carrs shake it up
This season’s edition of the $50,000 Magic Millions 3YO Classic (1220m) went to the Stuart Gandy-trained Happy Halloween ($2.90 favourite), who was well rated by Siggy Carr to lead throughout for a comfortable win.
It was the second successive victory for the Congrats gelding, who had narrowly won a maiden over the same route at his previous outing.
Carr also took the night’s other feature, the $25,000 Night Cup over 2120 metres, aboard the Paul Maher-trained Miss Hissy ($9.70) — another who fought back for a narrow win after being clearly headed.
The daughter of Golden Snake has now earned ballot-free entry into next Wednesday’s Group 3 Launceston Cup.
The former leading apprentice went on to complete a treble aboard the Team Wells-trained Gee Gee Sun Valley, who took the benchmark 72 handicap over 1220 metres in a head-bobbing finish.
Carr’s father, Royston, shared the training honours with White.
He kicked off with Goodbye Lonesome ($5.20) in the maiden plate over 1420 metres before taking the maiden plate over 1220 metres with $3.40 favourite Global Princess.
Both Carr’s winners were ridden by Siggy’s fiancé, Troy Baker.