Jockey Jack Hill was on his guard when partnering wayward filly Frosty Dawn to her maiden win at Kyneton.
Having ridden the Hirsch Racing-owned filly at her only previous run when fifth at the same track last month, Hill was prepared when the grey wanted to duck in up the home straight in Thursday’s Hygain Super Vobis Maiden Plate (1103m).
“Having ridden her at her first start was I was very prepared for her,” Jack said.
“As soon as she wanted to lay in a little bit, I swapped the whip into my left hand and she was really strong to the line.
“She was a lot better today and she probably improved with me getting to know a little bit from her debut.”
Jack said he gave Frosty Dawn plenty of time to find her feet early and the race panned out perfectly with following the Godolphin-owned Hypothermia
“I was hoping that horse would take me into the race and to her credit my horse kept picking up,” Jack said.
After settling in a rearward position, Frosty Dawn ($4.80) made her run five-wide in the seven-horse field and from three lengths off the lead at the top of the straight powered home to beat $3.50 favourite Hypothermia by a half-length.
Trainer Vincent Malady said Frosty Dawn was a work in progress.
“She is still doing a lot wrong but she is making steady improvement,” Vincent said.
“She certainly wanted to lay in again today, but she is still learning and will keep improving with racing.”
The daughter of Frosted is from the Sydney city winning Redoute’s Choice mare Albaicin and half-sister to multiple stakes winner Generalife who was Gr1 placed in both in the Stradbroke Hcp and Doomben 10,000.
“She has a good pedigree and good potential, but we won’t rush her,” Vincent said.