If Australia was looking for a juvenile that could have a show of matching superstar Kiwi freshman Follow The Stars in the upcoming Australasian Breeders Crown - they may have well found him.
And his name is Birdy Mach.
The Belinda McCarthy trained Mach Three two-year-old made his much awaited debut at Menangle today and lived up to the hype and more. In fact, his winning time of 1-53.8 may very well be the quickest debut made ever made by a juvenile Downunder.
Birdy Mach was sent straight to the front by driver Luke McCarthy in an opening quarter of 27.2. He was then allowed an easy second quarter, before producing a 55.7 last half to dash away for an emphatic 10.9 metre win.
Bob Gage finished in second, while Kiwi export Kilcullen, who was a clear second favourite, galloped in the score-up and was never in the contest.
Birdy Mach, who is a close relation to the former Chariots Of Fire winner Villagem, is owned by the Gurney family, who are currently enjoying a great run with top Queenslander Free-for-aller Avonnova.
He is named after long-time McCarthy employee Daryl ‘Birdy’ Crapper.
By Mitchell Robertson