Just like the stubby he is always hoping to extract one last drop from, Peter Moody thought he was only ever a moment away from emptying the tank with Pasadena Girl.
“I’m an old-eye trainer – how much is left in a stubby is my biggest worry,” Moody quipped when asked about the weight of his pint-size filly.
So small was Pasadena Girl it was hard to see the filly above the mass of owners who converged on her winner’s stall after Moody’s first win in the group 1 Champagne Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
The stable has also had to resort to extreme measures to keep her at home and doubted whether she would be furnished enough to head to the races this time next year, let alone claim a major at just her fourth start as a two-year-old.
“We had to put a bottom rail on the stable to keep her in,” Moody said. “She was like a little puppy dog as she kept sneaking out under the rail.
“She showed us unbelievable ability – always – but you kept thinking, ‘little like Savabeel, little like Savabeel, little like Savabeel. It will go sore and it will be in the paddock, it will go sore and it will be in the paddock’.
“When she wasn’t I thought, ‘we’ll take her to Flemington and give her a run’.”
Ever since the 60-1 success on debut in the Talindert Stakes, Pasadena Girl has kept telling Moody to keep her in work.
So much so that Moody, who forked out just $25,000 to take her home as a yearling, thought enough of her to keep forging on to the Champagne Stakes.
And she didn’t disappoint, wheeling to the outside in the straight and gunning down Gai Waterhouse’s Street Rapper, who was on course to give the champion trainer a sixth win in the final leg of Sydney’s two-year-old triple crown.
It was no surprise Hugh Bowman won the Champagne Stakes given he was on course to partner Sires Produce winner Pride Of Dubai until Peter and Paul Snowden sent the Blue Diamond winner to the paddock.
Only problem was Bowman also had the mount on last week’s Fernhill Handicap winner The Barrister, which weakened late in the Champagne to finish fifth.
“I thought at the end of the day, ‘I wouldn’t mind being on Pride Of Dubai’ and she was the eye catcher behind him [in the Sires Produce],” Bowman said. “I felt [daughter of] Savabeel, up to a mile, Peter Moody – she had a bit going for her.”
And also a travelling companion on the float heading north on Monday as Pasadena Girl joins Frank Packer Plate winner Hi World.
Spelling plans aren’t as advanced for Street Rapper, which was only half-a-length shy of the winner, as Waterhouse mulls whether to press on to Brisbane.
Godolphin’s Tarquin was third.
“He’s a very exciting colt,” Waterhouse said of Street Rapper. “We almost pulled that off and we just have to decide what we will do with him.
“We could go to Brisbane for the JJ Atkins because it’s certain he runs that mile.”
Moody has already started planning with Pasadena Girl.
“She’s a Flight Stakes-Thousand Guineas-type horse and then the Wakeful and the Oaks,” he said. “I think she’s certainly got that scope ahead of her.”
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