There has been a feeling in the racing community all winter that three-year-old filly Peron may be something special.
Turn of foot, tick. Winning record, tick. Breeding, tick.
The lightly-raced sprinter did nothing but increase the hype at Ipswich today when she passed her first test at stakes level with flying colours in the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m).
The market told the story earlier this week when the daughter of Husson was swiftly backed into $4 favouritism after opening at $6.
Despite taking on a number of more seasoned performers, Peron was in a class of her own around the tight-turning Ipswich track.
After jumping from barrier six, the exciting prospect was positioned just behind the speed by Michael Cahill before being brought to the outside upon entering the straight.
And then she was gone.
The x-factor that had people talking was fully on display as she kicked clear to leave her rivals battling for the minors and score by two lengths from Skating On Ice and Doubtfilly.
It would be a big class rise again but trainer John Thompson indicated the winner of six of seven starts is likely to back up in next weekend’s Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm.
“She’ll tell us but that is the plan…she’s a good filly and if she gets there in good shape she’ll give it a shake,” Thompson said.
Today’s $64,000 winner’s cheque takes her prize pool to more than $150,000 which should be enough to ensure she gets a start in the field.
Patinack won the the Tattersall’s Tiara with Pear Tart as a three-year-old last year and Thompson said Peron has far more ability.
“We won it last year with a three-year-old filly and this filly is a better filly than her,” he said.