Caipirinha’s Adelaide carnival plans received a major boost after the quality filly launched her autumn campaign in emphatic fashion at Ascot on Saturday.
Sent straight to the front by, Joe Azzopardi, Caipirinha held that position throughout, cruising to the line as she pleased in the Seacorp Handicap (1000m).
The Simon Miller-trained daughter of Nicconi, racing first-up after a five-month spell, defeated Delicate Miss by 2 ¾ lengths with The River finishing third.
Caipirinha, a $47,500 yearling, completed a spectacular return to racing after she showcased her promise at last year’s Ascot summer carnival.
The three-year-old won her maiden feature race in the Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m) and followed up in the Listed Placid Ark Stakes (1200m).
Stable representative Kyle Nowland said Caipirinha commenced her campaign impressively.
“She is a high-class filly who has always shown us that she is top class,” Nowland said.
“She played up a bit before the race which we want to address, but hopefully that takes the edge off her.
“She was still a little bit raw and fragile last preparation, but she has matured into a really nice filly.
“Onwards and upwards from here and I know the goal is to take over to South Australia and a couple of nice races over there.”
Meanwhile Fabergino kicked off her racing career in flying fashion, living up to the pre-race hype with a slashing all-the-way win on debut in the Devil’s Lair Plate (1000m).
The Maschino filly, backed from $3.40 to $2.30 favouritism after an explosive trial win, didn’t let her supporters down, controlling the race from barrier eight.
Giving jockey, Jarrad Noske, the first leg of a double, Fabergino defeated an unlucky Vital Blast by one length, Lies In Disguise was a similar margin away in third place.
Fabergino delivered trainer, Tiarnna Robertson, a major confidence boost as she has a second crack at training after recently returning from a few years absence.
“The horse has shown a fair bit at track work and in trials and it was good to get a win on the board,” Robertson said.
“She will continue to improve.”