2016 Champagne Classic Likely for Purrari

April 21st, 2016

The 2016 Champagne Classic (1200m) appears the likely next point of call for Purrari following an impressive maiden win at Canterbury on Wednesday.

Gai Waterhouse appears likely to saddle Purrari in the 2016 Champagne Classic. Photo: Daniel Costello

Gai Waterhouse appears likely to saddle Purrari in the 2016 Champagne Classic. Photo: Daniel Costello

Jumping from the gates well in the All Too Hard Maiden (1100m), jockey James Innes allowed the filly to stride forward and take a position just off the pace of the race’s early leaders.

Pulling the daughter of More Than Ready out and to a commanding lead through the race’s middle stages, the two-year-old was clearly on tired legs over the final 200m but held on to hit the line a half-length ahead of Team Hawkes runner Legerity.

Racing Manager for trainer Gai Waterhouse, Adrian Bott was on hand for Purrari’s maiden win an hinted a 2016 Brisbane Winter Carnival campaign is on the cards.

“It was a great ride by James, he took full advantage of the claim and really strung them out,” Bott told Racenet.

“She was a bit tired towards the end there and looked to be a bit lost late in the piece out in the middle of the track but she stuck on well.

“We were confident going down to Kembla Grange so coming away from that race we were left scratching our heads a little bit but Gai stuck to her guns today and we’re really pleased with the result.

“Early on we always thought she would be a nice filly to take up to Queensland for the winter carnival up there so I’d say that would be the way we look to go after we see how she comes through this race.”

Trialling well in the lead-up to her competitive debut, Purrari jumped from the gates well in the Appearance 2.y.o Maiden Plate (1000m) on April 2nd and was allowed to stride to the lead, but failed to hold position in the final straight and faded for second.

The 2016 Champagne Classic field is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday May 11th.

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