Trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace secured an early double at Sandown on Wednesday with a pair of Kiwi-bred fillies.
The stable's first win came the way of Mystique Falcon breaking her maiden before Maher teamed up with jockey Jye McNeil again to win the following race with Ocean Park three-year-old High Emocean.
It was the second win on-end for the filly and Maher admitted to being fairly confident heading into the 2400m event.
“She has really bounced through her last run,” Maher said. “She has just thrived up there at Ballarat and her last two pieces of work had been first-class for her.
“Jye rode her pretty confidently. We thought the race mapped really well for her and it was great to get a city win for a horse like that.
“The horse has really come on and is really fit and well. They did roll along at a decent tempo, but she was just at the right spot to ride the back of the speed. Jye is riding in super form and you can see he was very confident.
Bred under the farm's Llanhennock Trust banner, High Emocean was purchased out of Wentwood Grange’s 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Book 1 Yearling Sale draft by bloodstock agent John Foote for $80,000.
She is a half-sister to the Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained stakes winner Elate and has now won three of her eight starts with a further four placings to her credit. -NZ Racing Desk