Classy freshman Connoisseur made one of the most impressive debut victories seen at Alexandra Park in recent times when making a mess of his maiden rivals last night.
The John and Josh Dickie trained juvenile was backed into $1.30 favouritism on the back of couple of impressive trial wins, and didn’t let punters down, opening up from the 500 metre mark to race away for an emphatic 10 & ½ length victory.
Connoisseur, who is a son of Bettor’s Delight and Falcon Seelster mare Cyclone Annie, paced the 2200 metre journey in a slick 2-43.9, with closing sectionals of 58.7 and 28.2.
So, although the opposition Connoisseur beat were average, his time wasn’t and neither was the fashion in which he did it.
“It took a bit to get him up and running but we always knew he had a huge motor,” said co-trainer John Dickie when interviewed after the race.
Dickie said Connoisseur would now be spelled before returning for what could be a very big three-year-old season.
Meanwhile, smart age group trotters Arya and Primz Luck are both set for Australian campaigns after breezing through their respective Breeders Crown heats at Alexandra Park last night. Arya had a walkover win as she was the only horse nominated in her heat, while Primz Luck may as well have been the only one in his, smashing his lone rival by some 50 lengths.
By Mitchell Robertson