Smart filly Millie Sampson justified the $17,000 late payment her connections made to have her eligible for the Alabar Sires’ Stakes by winning the second heat of the series at Cambridge Raceway tonight.
Millie Sampson, who is now unbeaten in three starts, was sent forward from the gate by co-trainer Joshua Dickie, and set a tidy clip in front, before proving too strong in the home stretch for Pricillas Girl, who enjoyed the gun run in the trail, and Lincolns Megastar, who was game in third.
The Dickies have had the Sires’ Stakes on the radar since Millie Sampson’s emphatic first start win, but waited until after her second win to give her owners (Mrs J R Davies & J B Davies) the green light to make the late payment.
The daughter of Bettor’s Delight paced the 1700m journey in a slick 2-02.7 (1-56.1), with sectionals of 57.0 and 27.7.
Millie Sampson and Pricillas Girl are now both guaranteed spots in the $160,000 Group One final on New Years’ Eve.
Meanwhile, Continental Auto, who finished second in the second race tonight, has run her last race in New Zealand.
The four win mare, who was good enough to finish third in the Great Northern Trotting Derby as a three-year-old, will fly out to Australia on Monday.
Tonight’s meeting also saw the birth of the driving career of Dylan Ferguson, who enjoyed two placegetters from four drives. His first win should come at short notice.
By Mitchell Robertson