Frolic scores last to first win in Inglis Classic

Lightly raced filly Frolic broke her maiden status at her third race start with a last to first win in the Restricted Listed $250,000 Inglis Classic (1200m) at Randwick today.

Frolic, above, scores a last to first win in the Inglis Classic at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Frolic, above, scores a last to first win in the Inglis Classic at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Winning jockey Tommy Berry allowed Frolic to drop back to last after jumping from the outside barrier in the twelve horse field and he could still see all the other runners as heads were turned for home.

But at the top of the rise Berry eased Frolic ($7) to the middle of the track and she stormed home to beat the $2 favourite Sweet Deal by one and quarter lengths.

The John Thompson trained Sweet Deal wasn’t disgraced and fought on well after sitting three wide for most of the trip while Lets Get Nauti Gal ($9.50) ran a solid race to fill third spot.

Berry wasn’t overly concerned about the wide barrier and trainer Michael Freedman was happy for the him to ride the filly cold.

“We spoke after Canterbury. She went a little keen in the winkers that day and I said you might want to take them off and let her switch off,” Berry said.

“She has an electrifying turn of foot and I was always of the opinion that once she got to this race at Randwick she would be very hard to beat.

“We were a bit worried when we drew that barrier but I said to Michael if there they are going quick and we can settle well back we win the race.”

“If they go slow, it is out of our hands. I’ll ride her the way she is best suited and see how the race pans out.”

Freedman will now step Frolic up to tougher company and possibly run her in some of the Golden Slipper lead up races or aim her towards the Group 1 $1m Inglis Sires’ (1400m) at Randwick on April 1, the first day of ‘The Championships’.

“I genuinely felt that this filly will be better when she gets to 1400m, and perhaps even a mile so hopefully she comes through today okay and maybe we can have a look at a few of those races over The Championships,” Freedman said.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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