GLAMOUR filly More Strawberries can no longer be the owner of the ‘best maiden in Australia’ tag following her all-the-win in Saturday’s Group Two AJC Furious Stakes (1400m).
Despite the deplorable surface, More Strawberries channeled her sire More Than Ready and damsire Strawberry Road switching racing plate for flippers through the slush.
A canny ride by Nash Rawiller saw the filly take the initiative, make the running and fight off late challenges from Darley pair Divorces and Parables.
Her win was a triumph for More Than Ready as it was his 71st individual stakeswinner – an incredible achievement at such a young age.
More Strawberries win comes a week after stablemate More Joyous made a thundering open to her spring campaign to win the Sheraco Stakes with topweight of 59kgs and from the outside alley.
“More Strawberries last season reminded me of More Joyous when she was a two-year-old,” trainer Gai Waterhouse said. ”They weren’t quite ‘there’ as juveniles and made it to the Golden Slipper on raw ability.
”As three-year-olds, both fillies came into their own.
”I’m not saying More Strawberries is as good as More Joyous but she is improving in leaps and bounds with every run.”
The Waterhouse theory will be put the test soon enough given that the younger model will soon embark on a replica campaign to her More Joyous.
”This filly will go to the final two legs of the Princess Series.
”More Joyous won the Tea Rose Stakes and Flight Stakes Gr.1 last year and More Strawberries is out to do the same. She will have no trouble going up in distance.
”In fact, I think the 1600m will suit her down to the ground.”