It’s early days, but for now Queen Brown is doing a good job for trainer Dan Morton and her large group of owners.
A $28,000 buy at last year’s Perth Magic Millions sale, the Patronize filly has banked just over $40,000 in her two starts.
That figured swelled after her win at Ascot yesterday when she started favourite in the TABtouch Better Your Bet Plate (1100m).
Running home strongly in the straight for Chris Parnham, Queen Brown was able to chase down Justhandy and score by a long-head.
It followed an almost identical performance on debut two weeks ago when she fell just a neck short to Dom To Shoot over 1200m.
With top runs under her belt the rich prize purse of the Karrakatta Plate (1200m) on April 4 looks a natural progression, but Morton is uncertain.
“I haven’t nominated her for the Karrakatta and I probably won’t pay up for a late entry fee,” Morton said.
“The race was never really in my planning as I didn’t think she was one of those precious two-year-olds.
“I think the Sires over 1400m is the better option and the way I will probably go.
”My gut instinct tells me to bypass the Karrakatta. Whatever happens she will be a better three-year-old.”
Following the win of Queen Brown in a truncated Ascot meeting on Wednesday, Morton’s attention turned to the WA Oaks.
He’s hoping to score a knockout blow with two of his runners and claim a second WA Oaks trophy for his family
Showaddywaddy has displayed solid staying credentials in her maiden campaign and won at Bunbury over 2219m two starts back.
The Blackfriars filly has drawn barrier three for Chris Parnham. The gun jockey has won the past three WA Oaks.
Samantha’s Twitch won her maiden over 2100m last September. Last-start she got a long way back when 8th in the Listed Natasha Stakes (2200m).
Jarrad Noske reclaims the ride on the Sebring filly. She will jump from barrier 1.
“I’m happy with both my horses and they go into the race fit and well,” Morton said.
“Tuscan Queen could knock us all out of the park, but my two can stay.
“Showaddywaddy will be ridden conservatively and Samantha’s Twitch can get a cosy run from the draw.
Samantha’sTwitch is $34 and Showaddywaqddy $41 with Tabtouch.
Morton’s father won the WA Oaks with True Devotion (1984).