Darley Victoria stallion Skilled maintained his perfect strike-rate when Cayman Dayze scored a first-up victory in the Classicbet Maiden Plate (906m) at Murray Bridge.
The Michael Hickmott trained filly started an odds-on favourite on Wednesday following a Morphettville placing on debut in October. She camped outside front-runner Fairy Nymph and then sprinted to a three length lead in the straight.
“That was worth driving home through the night (from the Melbourne Premier Sale) to watch her bolt in,” Hickmott said. “She’s a very impressive 2yo.”
Cayman Dayze was a bargain $8,000 buy for Hickmott at the 2015 Inglis Classic yearling sale. She is the first starter for Cheltenham winner Miss Pickford (Xaar) who is a half-sister to the dam of G3 Lord Reims Stakes winner My Ex Mate.
It’s also the family of Darley’s Group 1 winning stallion Denman and WA sire Safeguard.
Hickmott purchased two lots at the Melbourne Premier earlier this week in conjunction with Matthew Sandblom & G1X Racing. The first was an $80,000 High Chaparral – Merryvale colt (Lot 189) followed by a $90,000 Bernardini – Ekali filly (Lot 558).
There have been just two starters to date from Skilled’s initial crop. Little Elsa was the first and she was successful on debut at Elwick during the Australia Day long weekend.
Skilled (Commands) was a Group 1 winner of the Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick and he stands at Darley’s Northwood Park property in Seymour.