IT WAS Ladies Day all round when three-year-old filly Gold Etoile made up for a green debut to surge to a smart win in Sunday’s Ladies Day Maiden Plate (1000m) at Tamworth.
Trained by Sue Grills at Tamworth and ridden by stable apprentice Sophie Young, about the only thing male about the winner was delighted owner Phil Lyne.
He and wife Patricia bred the filly and had hoped to take her to one of the big yearling sales.
“However she went over a bit of farm machinery,” Phil Lyne said after the length win over Sutton Oracle.
“She severely injured herself. We couldn’t sell her after that so we kept her and race her ourselves.
“We gave her to Kevin Ayton and he educated her and then we sent her to Sue.
“Her first start at Inverell was a hot day.”
Gold Etoile finished fourth to Za Night (which won at Deepwater Saturday) at Inverell but raced “greenly”, Grills said.
“She did race greenly up there,” Grills said.
“This is her first preparation too.
“Kevin Ayton educated her.
“She’s a nice filly. She trialled nicely here and we thought she was a good hope at Inverell – just the greenness beat her.”
She benefited from that run immensely and let down strongly for Young yesterday to grab the lead at the top of the straight and then fight off Mack Griffith’s Sutton Oracle and third-placed October Magic (Scott Thompson).
“She’s a nice little thing,” Grills added.
“Sensible and kind.”
Taree gelding Roman Account made it two wins in two starts at Tamworth when the Bob Milligan-trained gelding raced away with the Noelene Martin Memorial Class 1 Handicap (1400m) yesterday.
The gelding had not won in 12 previous starts when he won at Tamworth on January 3 and returned in style yesterday to claim a two and three quarter length win from Leon Davies’ Blinkin Elle with Narelle Pullman’s Chavel Delight a half head away third.
Robert Thompson notched his 3964th winner and told Taree trainer Jim Delaney, who had brought Roman Account across for the race for Milligan, the gelding was looking for more ground.
“He wants a mile,” the nation’s winningest jockey said.