Caulfield mare Pilly’s Wish appreciated a break on the breach prior to her last-to-first victory at Moonee Valley.
The Bel Esprit sprinter had been sidelined for a year apart from a short two-start campaign in November but she sprouted wings to win the Bunny Measure Twice Hcp (1000m) on Saturday.
Trainer Mick Price said credit for the first-up victory was mainly due to jumps trainer Eric Musgrove who helped to prepare the mare at Price’s Coronet Bay stable. “She wouldn’t have won being trained in town,” Price said. “Eric puts her in a paddock during the day and they spend a lot of time at the beach.”
Pilly’s Wish was bred by Modewarre based Bill Cockram at Shadow Glen Stud from Excelvision (Exceed And Excel) who is related to G1 South Australian Oaks winner (Our) Heavenly Body. She is raced by the Maclean family and their lime and navy colours have been carried by G1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Orange County.
“Moonee Valley suits her with the cushion in the ground,” winning jockey Damien Oliver said. “I left her alone early and she balanced up and then finished it off.”
Pilly’s Wish victory in the $40,000 sprint helped her sire Bel Esprit surge clear at the top of the Victorian premiership. His progeny have earned $4.70 million this season – $100k more than Darley resident Reset.
Bel Esprit stands at Eliza Park International and he won the Victorian title for the seventh season in a row last year with earnings of $5.56 million.