Promising filly Ocean Jewel confirmed she will be a major player at the Ascot carnival after posting an outstanding win in the $100,000 Tabtouch Bunbury 3YO Classic (1000m) on Saturday.
Trained by Simon Miller and ridden by Joe Azzopardi, Ocean Jewel, unleashed an electrifying sprint from eighth position at the turn and defeated Epic Grey by three-quarters-of-a-length.
Epic Grey looked the winner for a fleeting moment when he snatched the lead inside the final 100m, but despite running a gallant second, the Lindsey Smith-trained gelding couldn’t withstand the finishing run of Ocean Jewel.
Art Series ran a sound third after racing wide throughout, beaten 1 ¾ lengths.
My Demi, who set a strong tempo in front, stuck on well for fourth.
Ocean Jewel was one of three runners in the race for Miller with Rubia Miss and Achernar Star running sixth and seventh respectively.
Ocean Jewel has now won three races and been placed once from four starts since making her debut at Belmont in June.
Miller said Ocean Jewel’s future was untapped.
“The scary thing is she is a miler and is doing this on ability,” Miller said.
“It’s exciting and I know how good she is.
“I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but a 1000m is way too short.
“She is not even screwed down yet.
“She is very good and fly’s the pointy end of the plane.
“She is a very valuable filly.”
Quality mare Royal Star capped a double for jockey, William Pike, co-trainers Grant and Alana Williams and owner Bob Peters in the Qube Ports & Bulk Handicap (1200m).
Royal Star was racing first-up since her narrow second to Very Tempting in the WA Oaks (2400m) in April and started a warm $2.10 favourite.
The Redoute’s Choice four-year-old ranged up to sit outside of the leader approaching the home corner and kicked strongly in the straight.
She defeated pacesetter, War Jeune, who stuck to his guns well, by a short neck with a further 1 ¾ lengths to third placegetter Conseated.
Pike, Peters and the Williams partnership scored earlier when Action stormed home from the rear of the field to score a comfortable victory in the Western meat Packers Handicap (1400m).
The impressive Pierro colt is unbeaten from two starts.