Promising filly Canterbury Hill (3f Haradasun x Cancanelle, by Danehill Dancer) was well supported by punters at her first run back from a spell and delivered the goods with a stylish victory in the 1200 metre maiden at Seymour on Thursday.
The Robbie Griffiths trained filly was having her second start after finishing fourth on debut last September and has obviously returned a stronger competitor.
She travelled in fifth for Ryan Maloney before surging to the lead in the straight and despite racing greenly to the line had her opposition well and truly covered to win by more than a length.
“She’s still very green and will take a lot of benefit from that,” said Maloney.
“She put them away easily, but then wanted to stargaze a bit. She’ll make into a really nice 1400 to a mile type horse later on.”
Canterbury Hill was retained to race after passing shy of her $50,000 reserve in at the 2011 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale when consigned by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.
She is the first foal of former good stakes-placed racemare Cancanelle, who was also trained by Robbie Griffiths and won four races and over $300,000 in prizemoney with a career highlight second to Anamato in the Group I SAJC Australasian Oaks.
Cancanelle is from a family of smart fillies being a half-sister by Danehill Dancer to Mystic Elle, the dam of stakes-winner Elite Elle and stakes-placed Classic Elle.
Canterbury Hill is another promising winner for Coolmore based triple Group I winner Haradasun, who has 11 youngsters entered for the 2013 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.