IT WAS a day for the “little women” early at Quirindi before the older mares took charge yesterday.
Neat little three-year-old filly Only Roses won the second race of the day, the Carlton Dry Maiden Plate (1200m) for Scone trainer Paul Messara and then tiny La Disco fought back to win the Christmas Party@Races December 8 4YO Maiden Handicap (1200m).
Both broke 1min 10secs, Only Roses running 1min 9.26secs and debuting La Disco 1min 9.78secs.
Four-year-old Raw Storm then won the fourth race of the day and grey mare Michelle Magic continued the female firsts in race five, both of which are covered on Page 28.
Angela Davies celebrated a first at Quirindi with La Disco in more ways than one.
“She’s my first winner at Quirindi,” Davies said after her four-year-old daughter of Bella Danoro, who was having her first start in a race, had fought back to beat Mount Annan by a length with Annonay a short head away third.
“She’s only a little ant,” Davies said.
“I’ve only had her five or six weeks too. I bought her a long time ago but hadn’t seen her for a while. She showed that little bit of toughness at the jump outs the other day too.”
Davies only “paid $2000” for the mare and looks to have a bright future after being headed in the straight and finishing strongly.
Gunnedah trainer Gavin Groth thought his gelding, Mount Annan, was “going to win for a second”.
“He’s in danger of becoming a prolific placegetter,” Groth said after his four-year-old son of California Dane registered his third runner-up cheque in seven starts.
Earlier Only Roses also won on debut for Scone trainer Paul Messara when “the little ripper” finished powerfully to beat Greg Bennett’s Geoffro Dean by a length.
“She’s a neat little filly,” said stable foreman Barry Wintle of three-year-old Only Roses.
“She’s a beautifully bred little filly too and we thought she’d be hard to beat.”
o Paul Messara has also nominated Leicester Square for Monday’s Tamworth Shoppingworld Open Handicap (1200m) at Tamworth (see Page 27 for Tamworth nominations).
The six-year-old gelding has not started since he was fourth to Liesele at Eagle Farm back in July and has had the one start at Tamworth, finishing fifth to Scussy Moola in last year’s Tamworth Cup.