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Kangarilla Joy Wins on Debut

Aug 12, 2015

Stakes racing beckons for blue-blooded filly Kangarilla Joy after a fighting debut win at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained filly was heavily backed into $2 favouritism on the back of a strong recent trial win but made her supporters sweat in the Pro-Ride Handicap (1100 metres) for maiden three year-old fillies.

Hugh Bowman shot the filly out of the gates from her wide draw to sit outside the lead but she struggled to shake off her rivals early in the straight.

Gerald Ryan’s Edge Away Horseform ($17) mounted a strong challenge but Kangarilla Joy Horseform dug deep in the surge to the line to score by a nose with Francais Horseform ($10) third.

Kangarilla Joy, a daughter of Lonhro from the family of Australian Guineas winner Rock Classic and Blue Diamond winner Midnight Fever, was an $840,000 Inglis Easter yearling buy for American powerhouse Stonestreet Stables.

Peter Snowden said the filly would take a lot of benefit from her first race experience and believes she will be better with something to chase.

“She tends to look around a bit but is blessed with natural ability.”

Snowden confirmed the stable would be looking at the better class fillies races in the spring for Kangarilla Joy.

“There’s good racing coming up and I feel she’s up to that level.”

Bowman described her win as a good effort as he was forced to make his move earlier than he would have liked.

“She gave a hell of a kick at the corner and I was surprised anything came with me, but she fought on well and she’s shown well above average ability.”

Kangarilla Joy clocked 1.04.46 for the 1100 metres, about half a second slower than King’s Troop in the colts and geldings division, running 34.85 for her last 600 metres.

Ken Warren - Racing and Sports

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