Impressive debut win for Naantali
The Ciaron Maher-trained Naantali has defied a tough run to score in maiden company at Cranbourne on Wednesday and looks destined for better things.
The three-year-old daughter of Rip Van Winkle was no closer than four-wide throughout yet continued to find on debut over 1200m.
“I probably couldn’t have had a worse run in the race, but today she’s just won on class,” rider Michael Dee said.
“She’s still very new and got a lot of learning to do. I think she’s got a lot of ability.”
Out of the Zabeel mare Zaloot, Naantali was a $180,000 purchase by Maher from Windsor Park Stud’s draft at the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale.