The Phoenix Ladies owned Outflank put her first win on the board on Friday, October 9 with a performance at Ballarat which hinted at plenty more to come.
Making just her second start the Mick Price and Michael Kent Junior trainee displayed signs the run was coming amidst the early stages of her apprenticeship. Despite that, she comfortably beat a well-regarded rival under jockey Dean Yendall.
Breaking well from the gate, the daughter of Gainesway’s Tapit settled into her stride well in the early stages. Sitting second last, she looked relaxed as the field reached the apex of the turn. Yendall switched her to the outside to ready her challenge at the top of the straight as the pair moved into a share of second. Asked to go and make a winning run, Outflank looked green lugging in behind her rivals. Her rider got her on the straight and narrow and despite wandering around again, she got to the front to win pretty impressively.
“We’ve always liked this filly,” co-trainer Michael Kent Junior told Racing.com. “She’s by Tapit who can get horses to win over a trip, but she’s shown plenty of speed and can almost be a bit keen. Today was perfect over 1000m with a couple of horses going forward, so she got a nice sit. She was a bit difficult for Dean in the straight, but she was always going the best and he was able to correct her. It was a great win all round and the team down there a Warramabool have done a great job with her.
“She is a filly with plenty of ability. I’m not sure what’s she’s beaten there today the second horse is highly-regarded on debut. She’s a bit unbalanced when let down so she definitely can improve so onwards and upwards.”