Promising mare Let It Slip made an immediate impact on her return to racing when she surged to victory in the Amelia Park Beef Handicap (1000m) at Belmont on Saturday.
Defying her starting price of $12.20, she produced an electrifying sprint over the concluding stages, defeating the luckless, Recoiled, by just under a length with Brackets third.
Trained at Karnup by Dan Pearce, Let It Slip, is a two-time Listed winner after taking out the Placid Ark Stakes (1200m) and Magic Millions WA 3-Year-Old Trophy (1200m).
Saturday’s win, her fourth from 11 starts, was her first start since the Breeders’ Classic (1400m) in Bunbury last March and heightens ambitions that she can play a major role in feature races at Ascot later this year.
“If they roll along she is perfect off a hot speed,” said Pearce.
“I was confident she would run a good race.
“She has proved herself stepping up against the older horses.
“I’m glad that it looks like it’s not going to stop.
“I brought her back before the summer to see if where she can go over the summer.
“I just wanted to bring her back to see how she was going to measure up.
“We can then freshen her up for the summer carnival.”
Earlier in the Farnley Stakes (1400m) it was a family affair after Stocks posted a career-best win in the $100,000 feature.
Stocks, trained by Sean Casey and expertly ridden by his jockey son, Jake Casey, defeated Bedamijo by one length with a similar margin to third placegetter, Military Ruler.
Sean Casey will let the dust settle before deciding if Stocks will tackle the Hannans Handicap (1400m) in Kalgoorlie on September 22.
“It was an awesome result for us, but we will see how the Kalgoorlie track is because they are telling me it’s very firm,” said Sean Casey.
Red Ora’s Hannans campaign appears all but over after the Due Sasso gelding finished ahead of just Kirov Boy.