Power Ballard once again proved herself a filly of some promise with a dominant victory down the straight at Flemington.
The Phoenix Thoroughbreds homebred was given an enterprising ride from Jye McNeill, who took the three-year-old immediately over to the outside rail to take advantage of a fast start. It proved to be a decisive move as the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trainee never saw another rival as she won with plenty to spare and was eased down in the shadow of the post. It was the filly’s first start in Melbourne, having previously won and placed in three of her four starts in Sydney.
“I was on her in a jumpout, and she really impressed me,” McNeill told Racing.com post-race. “It was Gai’s idea to head to the rail – coming down from Sydney gave her something to follow. It felt like she was never going to get beaten.
“She went through her gears nicely and was strong at the finish.”
Out of the sister to five-time Group One winner Pierro, Power Ballard has now taken her prize money totals beyond A$144,000.