‘‘When there was a bit of speed up front, it brought the backmarkers into the race and she was very good. She was on a path to the Magic Millions fillies and mares race, and this should see her secure a spot in the race.’’
While The Party Girl loved the high-end tempo back in the field, odds-on favourite Burning Crown didn’t like being challenged in front. He couldn’t get the easy lead he needed when Echo Jet exploded from the gate and started throwing his head around down the side.
‘‘When he did that I knew it was over,’’ Burning Crown’s trainer Sue Grills said.
Jason Collett said Burning Crown just wanted to race from the time he got on the track.
‘‘He was so fired up today. He was keen going to the gates and as soon as he had something wanted to race him, that is all he wanted to do,’’ Collett said. ‘‘I thought we were going fast enough and then he just wanted to fight me.’’
Pfieffer has won before the $1million fillies and mares race on the Gold Coast with Gai’s Choice and, even though he also has the option of the 1400m Magic Millions Cup, he is likely to keep The Party Girl against her own sex.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy was keen to continued the association after the storming win, which was the sixth of The Party Girl’s career.
‘‘It was good to hear Kerrin so positive about here. He has just about booked himself,’’ Pffiefer said. ‘‘I still think there is plenty of improvement in her. It is funny to say, but she is still learning her trade to a degree. But she is growing in confidence as well.
‘‘She a real trier and it is a real asset to her. It says by her record really. She puts everything into her runs.’’
McEvoy believes The Party Girl ability to let down quickly off a fast speed will be a real asset in the Magic Millions.
‘‘She ran well first-up at Kembla without having a lot of luck. Fair play to David (Pfieffer) he kept her at 1200m,’’ McEvoy said. ‘‘They did set it up for her but she showed a real turn of foot.’’
Meanwhile, Chris Waller finished the day with a winning treble after Toryjoy returned a winner to close the program. She is likely to head to the Belle Of The Turf at Gosford in a couple of weeks.
‘‘Kathy O’Hara knows this horse very well and she really get her to travel,’’ Waller said.
O’Hara believes Toryjoy has returned at another level.
‘‘She gets into a rhythm and feels a lot stronger now,’’ she said.
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald