Nurse Kitchen upstaged Sezanne and I Am A Star to record an upset victory in the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic this afternoon.
Nurse Kitchen looked as though she was going to hit the line fairly for a nice third – as Sezanne stormed down the outside and looked the winner – but she absolutely rocketed home in the final 100 metres to score an outrageous victory.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy gave Nurse Kitchen a perfect patient ride, but he was quick to pay credit to the training performance of David Brideoake, who acquired the talented filly from Peter Moody.
“Full credit to David,” McEvoy said.
“She was jumping sharply in trip, she ran over 1200 last time and didn’t really have a hard run because she got into some trouble.
“She was stepping up in trip, but she really enjoyed it.
“She has a nice amount of ability and that is what she showed then.”
Brideoake was always of the opinion that Nurse Kitchen was a better horse than her performance in the Blue Star Group Handicap (1200m) at Caulfield on October 1 suggests and he was thrilled that she was able to prove that in the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic this afternoon.
Nurse Kitchen has only has the two race starts this preparation, but Brideoake suggested that she will likely head to the spelling paddock and could develop into an Australian Oaks-style filly during the autumn.
“She is just a lovely promising filly,” Brideoake said.
“She is very lightly-raced and has lots of upside.
“I think that we will just tread quietly and I think that she will be really there in the autumn.
“We have always thought she is a little immature and would take a little bit of racing.
“We will have a look at her in the next few days and decide whether that is enough for her this spring and that may be the case.”
Champion trainer Peter Moody was on hand to represent his wife Sarah Moody, who owns Nurse Kitchen, and he is also of the belief that the daughter of Savabeel will be at her best during the autumn.
“I am very proud to be here representing my wife with a filly that we bred ourselves,” Moody said.
“She is a nice filly, she has always shown nice ability and congratulations to David and his team.
“She has always shown us good ability, she has a pretty deep pedigree and I think she is going to be a lovely staying filly.”
Sezanne lost no admirers with her swooping run for second, while I Am A Star toughed it out to finish third.