Talented mare Little Surfer Girl (5m Encosta de Lago x Special Harmony, by Spinning World) turned in a fine run at Rosehill on Saturday to take out the Listed ATC Angst Quality at her second run back from a spell.
The Chris Waller trained mare went to the paddock on a high note winning the Listed ATC Civic Stakes back in July and has returned in the same sparkling form.
She jumped well for Jim Cassidy and travelled smoothly before scooting through on the inside to take the 1400 metre contest by a length.
“She missed the kick first up, but she jumped well today,” said stable foreman Liam Prior.
“Terrific ride and the horse has done a terrific job.
“The Myer Classic (Group I) is her grand final in Melbourne and More Joyous will be waiting there, but she’s going well and she’s on the up, so we hope she can keep improving for the Inghams, who are such good clients of the stable.”
Little Surfer Girl was purchased by the Inghams for $1.5 million from the Coolmore draft at the 2008 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and has won seven of 25 starts and more than $380,000 in prizemoney.
She is the first foal and first stakes-winner for former champion filly Special Harmony, who was the darling of the 2003 Melbourne Spring Carnival winning both the Group I MRC Thousand Guineas and VRC Oaks.
Special Harmony has a yearling full brother to Little Surfer Girl.
Little Surfer Girl is the fifth Australian stakes-winner this season for champion sire Encosta de Lago.