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Catchy's little sister makes winning debut

  • Thu, 09 Aug 2018
  • AAP Turf

Symi lived up to her breeding to win on debut at Canterbury yesterday and put jockey Tommy Berry on the board after his return home from a season in Hong Kong.

A sister to 2017 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Catchy, Symi is raced by prominent owner-breeder Alan Bell and trained by Hawkes Racing, who chose to run her in the Benchmark 69 race over 1250 metres rather than the maiden for three-year-olds on the same programme.

Berry took the initiative on Symi ($4.20), the only first-starter in the seven-horse field, and she held on to beat Misteed by a short head with Couvre Lit another long head third.

Berry said he took the filly to fence to give her something to follow and the ploy worked.

"She's untapped but still pretty timid and shy," Berry said. "She gave me a great feel in a trial, although she did a bit wrong. The fence aided her today in time she will be a nice horse."

Co-trainer Michael Hawkes praised Berry's ride, saying it was the key.

"The ride won the race," he said. "She jumped great and credit to Tommy, he got her into a rhythm. She will improve and she's on her way. She's a blue-blood and it's good to see her start out this way."

The three-year-old maiden, also over 1250 metres, was won by the Mark Newnham-trained Maid Of Heaven, who came into the race off an unlucky fourth on debut on July 25 behind Golden Tycoon, who contests Saturday's Listed Rosebud at Rosehill.

Sent out the $2.60 favourite with Tim Clark aboard, Maid of Heaven denied Berry and the Hawkes team when she beat Brilliant Choice by half a length.

"I thought her run last start was the run of the day," Clark said. "When she gets on to a big track over 1400 metres to a mile she will come into her own."

Newnham said he would monitor the filly before making any plans to push on to an extended spring campaign.