With Brenton Avdulla in the saddle, Smart Melody takes out the Casino Prince@Vinery Handicap at Canterbury Park on Wednesday. Picture: Simon Bullard/AAP
With Brenton Avdulla in the saddle, Smart Melody takes out the Casino Prince@Vinery Handicap at Canterbury Park on Wednesday. Picture: Simon Bullard/AAP

Two for two, Melody smarter than your average filly

WAS a new star born at Canterbury Park on Wednesday?

Smart Melody blitzed a field of juveniles for her second consecutive victory of more than five lengths, after dominating on debut at Newcastle on June 9.

This was a step up in grade but you wouldn't have thought so as Brenton Avdulla praised the way she galloped in city grade at start two.

"I've ridden the Slipper winner (Estijaab) this season and I know she's a late two-year-old, but that's one of the best two-year-old performances I've had anything to do with," Avdulla said.

"Coming off a 900m win I was worried if she'd settle over 1100m but to her credit, once I asked her to come back and Blake (Shinn on Screen Shot) was happy to lead she relaxed really well for me."

It was Avdulla's first ride on the Kris Lees-trained Smart Missile filly but he saw what she did on debut and decided to see if she could repeat that dominance in town.

And she put three lengths on her rivals in the blink of an eye and ran the 1100m in 1:05.34 on the Soft 6 surface.

That time was good enough to break a 20-year class record despite the slow going.

"I thought, if she's got the ability I'll quicken her around the bend, and she accelerated really well," Avdulla said.

"She was awesome and she's a big, strong girl, but when she gets out on the track she relaxes really well.

"She put paid to them really quickly and it was good to see, especially in that ground."

Lees will likely send Smart Melody to the paddock for a short break with an eye on the start of the new season.

"Goes all right doesn't she," Lees said. "What she's doing, she's doing on a wet winter track but there's no doubt she's above average.

"Average horses don't win like that, so we've got some thinking to do.

"It's not far away from the spring so I'll have a chat to the team at Gooree but I'd say we'll give her a freshen and raise the bar in the coming months."

Gai Waterhouse was quick to point out that she has Smart Melody's half-brother, by Sebring, which cost just $80,000 and is in work now.


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