Owners Steve & Louise Gillard and trainer Dan Bougoure liked Arrowfield’s Snitzel – Miss Kournikova filly enough to pay $400,000 for her at the Gold Coast Magic Millions in January.
Fast forward to the first Tuesday in November and they stood in the Group winner’s circle at Flemington after the filly, named Oakleigh Girl in honour of her Oakleigh Plate-winning parents, won the G3 Ottawa Stakes (1000m) on debut.
Oakleigh Girl took control of the race at the 300m mark and bounded away to win by over a length from the favourite Top Dolly. Singularity and Golconda, both by Snitzel’s Arrowfield barn-mate Not A Single Doubt, finished strongly to fill third & fourth placings.
“She’s the fastest horse I’ve had,” Brisbane-based Bougoure claimed. “I’m not saying she’s the best, but she’s the fastest!”
Bougoure prepared champion sprinter Falvelon a decade ago and he will now set Oakleigh Girl for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic on January 11.
“For a two-year-old filly she’s got a fantastic attitude, she bounces and does everything right. She’s just totally bombproof. First gallop we gave her, she just went dead straight and she’s got a very good, professional attitude.”
Bred by Arrowfield Stud & John Leaver, Oakleigh Girl is the fifth winner for Miss Kournikova. The mare has an All American colt entered in the 2014 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale and returns to Snitzel this season.
Oakleigh Girl is Snitzel’s 17th stakes winner and his third Group winner this season after Shamus Award (G1 Cox Plate) and Malavio (G3 Tramway Stakes.