Lightly raced Bendigo five-year-old Arfurized broke out of maiden grade in encouraging style for Shane Fliedner at Echuca on Tuesday, taking the $35,000 Echuca Newsagency Maiden Plate (1600m).
Still in her first campaign at start seven, Arfurized ($6) settled in the box seat under Jye McNeil.
The mare was coming off two solid performances at her home track and lived up to those at Echuca, running away for a 2½ length victory ahead of the Barry Goodwin-trained Military Striker.
“Stepping up to the 1600 metres today Shane just wanted me to be a close as possible from the good draw,” McNeil said.
“We had a beautiful run throughout … once she balanced was good through the line,” McNeil told Racing.com
Arfurized, bred and part-owned by the Daniels family, is from the Tasmanian Guineas winner Zest Amour. Arfurized took her earnings to $29,440 with Tuesday’s win.
Rouse romps in
The Erin Maher stable was back in the winner’s stall on Saturday at Towong, 10 days after smart stablemate Lady Solly won at Kyneton.
Maher made the nine-hour round trip with three runners, and it was second-starter Rouse who got the money.
Ridden by Jason Baldock, Rouse was racing for the first time since finishing last at Pakenham on debut in November.
Settling close to the speed, the $3.90 chance landed just behind the speed and took the shortcuts home to win easily by 4½ lengths.
The stable will raise the bar with Lady Solly this weekend, testing the filly at Flemington.
Mile day not far away
Bendigo’s Golden Mile race day is fast approaching, with more than $1 million in prizemoney on offer when metropolitan Saturday racing comes to town on March 30.
Peter Moody and Kate Watts will be special guests in the Silks dining room while Crocmedia’s Off the Bench team (Craig Hutchinson, Liam Pickering and Doctor Turf) will be hosting their own marquee on the day.
Racegoers making an online purchase for Bet365 Golden Mile day will go into the draw to win return flights to Sydney plus raceday hospitality for day one of The Championships the following Saturday.
Miss tunes up
Shaun Dwyer gave Miss Leonidas an exhibition gallop between races at Bendigo last Wednesday, her first public appearance since the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint in October, when she pulled up with lung problems.
The daughter of I Am Invincible was keen early in her gallop under Dwayne Dunn but relaxed well when given more rein in the straight.
“She’ll have another hitout between races on Tuesday and will kick off on Mornington Cup day (Saturday week, March 23) in the 1000-metre benchmark 78,” Dwyer said.
The stable is hoping to earn black type with the mare this preparation and may need to head to NSW to achieve that.
Stables splash cash
Goldfields buyers bought up at last week’s Inglis Premier sale, led off by Brent Stanley’s Cloud 9 Thoroughbreds paying $70,000 for a Shooting to Win filly. Stanley also forked out $160,000 for a Hinchinbrook filly.
Kym Hann continued to add to his team with Pinhook Bloodstock, paying $110,000 for a Toronado half-sister to the well performed Lady Horseowner.
An $80,000 Fiorente colt and a $15,000 Bull Point filly found their way to Shaun Dwyer’s stable.