Exciting 2yo First Dawn provided young Darley Stallion Brazen Beau with his first Stakes performer after a slashing third in the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes at Sandown yesterday. At just her second career start the half to former Group 1 winning 2yo Ruud Awakening finished strongly from well back and arguably should’ve finished much closer to the winner.
After being slow to muster early jockey Ben Thompson had to change course at a critical point in the home straight, costing the filly vital ground as the field sprinted for home. After finding clear running and balancing up at the 200m First Dawn charged to the line and closed strongly for third, securing a Listed placing to her name at just her second career start.
‘Another superb performance from this filly at just her second career start, Coral and I are thrilled to have secured black type for her connections’. Said David Feek from Sandown.
‘She’s a very promising filly with a lot of improvement to come, we have to consider getting her to the Blue Diamond off what we’ve seen so far. She should’ve gone very close to winning that today so we’ll seriously look at some of the better 2yo races in the autumn - dreams are for free’.
‘The filly has pulled up super and we will give her 10 days in the paddock to freshen up'. We may go to headquarters on New Years Day, however we’ll also look at some easier options and try and get that maiden out of the way before we think of the autumn’.
First Dawn is by exciting young stallion Brazen beau, providing the former multiple Group 1 winning son of I Am Invincible with his first Stakes success with his runners in their first season on the track.