Newbies race out to Randwick
Champagne Dynamite has lived up to her name in her first racetrack outing with an explosive win in the fastest time of the morning at the official two-year-old barrier trials at Randwick.
The Gerald Ryan-trained filly ran the 800 metres in 46.73 seconds, clearing out by 4-1/2 lengths from Posh Chic.
She will now head to the Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) on October 3 at Randwick.
"She’s a flyer," Ryan said.
"She had only had one jumpout before today and if she holds together, she’s definitely going to the Gimcrack.
"Scott Darby of Darby Racing picked her out at the Magic Millions and asked me to look at her before he paid $28,000 for her."
The Darby Racing Syndicate will be aiming for back-to-back wins in the Gimcrack following the Clarry Conners-trained Our Joan Of Arc last year.
Champagne Dynamite is a daughter of Not A Single Doubt, runner-up to Dance Hero in the 2004 Magic Millions.
Ryan said he had not thought ahead as far as the Magic Millions Classic in January with Champagne Dynamite.
"The Gimcrack has been the only race I’ve thought about," he said.
The second fastest time of the nine heats, which were all manually timed, also went to a filly with the David Payne-trained Cosmo Gal covering the ground in 47.12s.
Of the colts, Epic from the Scone yard of Greg Bennett produced the fastest time of 47.41 with the Chris Waller-trained Much Much More winning his heat in 47.70s.
The Breeders’ Plate (1000m) for colts and geldings is on the same day as the Gimcrack with ballot preference given to those horses which finished among the placings in Monday’s trials.
By Caryl Williamson