Breeding wise Poppymalda has a lot to recommend her. By champion harness racing trotting sire Armbro Invasion, Pollymalda is from the Sundon mare In The Sun who is a full sister to the former standout trotter Sundowner Bay 18 wins ($259,856).
In The Sun is also a half sister to the dam of the brilliant Enthusiast 1:59.5 ($90,585) who won 11 races as a two and three year old, Inspire 9 wins ($147,468) including the Group One Rowe Cup and Call You Later, 9 wins $73,174.
The great race mare Framalda (22 wins) is another standout trotter close up in the pedigree.
So it should be no surprise that Poppymalda looks to have inherited all of the family ability.
Having just her second lifetime start last night at Forbury, she was sent out a short priced favourite even though she drew the outside of the second line.
That was due in no small part to her huge run on debut where she lost a 100 meters early but still finished a close up sixth.
Last night she settled last of the bunch before coming out with a round to go to work forward to the death.
She remained there until they turned for home where she shot clear with driver Nathan Williamson sitting as quiet as a church mouse as she cruised to the line,an easy winner.
The stock of Armbro Invasion are noted for getting better with age so Poppymalda looks to have a big future ahead of her if her first two runs are anything to go by.