In-form trainer Dan Morton announced feature race plans for Colourful Chloe after she landed some good bets to win the Maca Cando Maiden (1200m) at Ascot on Wednesday.
Backed from $9.50 into $6.00 with bookmakers, The More Than Ready filly, ridden by Shaun O’Donnell, finished strongly to gun down the leader Wakan Tanka and score by a long-neck.
Bel My Pago ran third.
Colourful Chloe continued Morton’s dream start to the Ascot season after he took out a feature race double on Saturday with Dainty Tess and Man Booker.
Morton said he was glad he had a change of heart and elected to run Colourful Chloe after having second thoughts when she drew barrier 13.
“Normally speaking you wouldn’t run from those wide gates, but I didn’t want to miss a run because I want her in the Burgess Queen hopefully,” Morton said.
“I just needed to get a run into her and I thought she was pretty good.
“As long as she pulls up okay she is headed to the Burgess Queen.”
Colourful Chloe broke through to score her first win at her fourth race start after being bought for $160,000 at last year’s Gold Coast yearling sale.
The three-year-old flashed potential when second to Arcadia Dream at Belmont in September and bounced back strongly after she pulled up sore at Northam last-start.
Meanwhile in race two it took longer than expected, but The Ninth Hour scored a tough win in the Murlpirrmarra Connection Handicap (1000m), much to the relief of trainer Chris Gangemi and punters.
The commencement of the race was delayed for over 30 minutes after the first attempt to get underway failed when the gates malfunctioned.
Overcoming the setback, The Ninth Hour, sent out an even money favourite on the tote, came from last and defeat Festival Miss by a long-neck.
Olga Louisa finished third.
Gangemi said the delayed start had given him plenty of nervous moments.
“None of that was enjoyable before the race and during,” Gangemi said.
“He waited until the line to get the job done.
“He was the last horse in the world that needed that.
“He’s got head issues and it’s far from ideal.
“But at least he got the money and we will give him a couple of weeks to get over this now.
“It was a big job to round them up with 59kg.”