With less than three months to go until the G2 Karrakatta Plate, the best 2-year-olds in Western Australia are beginning to make their presence felt, with Glasgow Lass (Alabama Express) making a seismic impact on the outlook of the race with a sensational debut at Ascot.
Stalking the speed under Lucy Fiore, the filly rushed up after rounding the turn for home to claim Big Shots (Sizzling) with 150 metres to go, extending away ominously to win the 1100-metre contest by 2.1l.
Prepared by emerging trainer Mitchell Pateman, Glasgow Lass is the fourth winner for Yulong’s first-season sire Alabama Express, who has rapidly established himself as a prominent sire of early running types. She is out of the winning Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) mare Princess Peggy, and is related to the legendary Fields Of Omagh (Rubiton).
For former trainer Justin Warwick, the early success of Glasgow Lass is a lucrative one, having paid $28,000 for her from the Yulong draft at the Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale. In a family affair, his daughter Fiore was the jockey legged up, a responsibility she handled with aplomb, delivering a perfectly executed ride.
This article was written by Jesse Dart and Keely Mckitterick for TTR AusNZ.