“Sense Of Honour knuckles down, stretches out and she’s going to destroy them!”
That was the shout from the commentary box as the Phoenix Thoroughbreds owned Sense Of Honour made an impressive debut at Sandown Lakeside.
Trained by Mick Price and Michael Kent jr, the Daughter of Coolmore’s Pride Of Dubai lined-up at the 1200m start a well-backed contender and in the end made light work of her opposition.
Racing just off the speed under Ben Melham the filly coasted into the race and seemed to be travelling the best o the eight-strong field as they reached the turn. Still full of running under a motionless Melham at the top of the straight, she hit the front 200m out before drawing away to win by three lengths.
“She gave me a nice feel,” Melham said. “She showed she had nice ability in her jump-out but she was quite raw. She came here today and was really professional. She put them away easily. I thought it was a quite a nice performance.”
“She was raw in her trial and learned a lot from her trial to here so if she makes that improvement again, I don’t see why she can’t progress into better races.”
Although the Blue Diamond, for which connections will need to pay the $55,000 late entry fee, may come too soon for this exciting juvenile she is among the nominations for the Golden Slipper with stable representative Mick Nolan adding post-race:
“She’s always shown good ability. It’s not a flash in the pan performance.”