Three-year-old filly Friar’s Fantasia scored the first win of her four-start career at Pinjarra on Thursday.
Starting a $2.70 favourite in the G Force Printing Maiden (1400m), the daughter of Blackfriars stepped out over the seven furlongs for the first time and needed every inch of it to pull off a narrow victory.
She was afforded a perfect ride by hoop Alan Kennedy when settled in the one-out, one-back position before hitting the front in the shadows of the post under hard riding.
San Crispino ($12.50) worked home strongly to finish a long-neck second while Financial Support ($5.00) fought on doggedly for third, beaten one-and-a-half lengths.
Friar’s Fantasia resumed from a spell with a fast-finishing fourth placing behind Shania Style over 1200m at Belmont on May 16 but endured a torrid run when caught wide in a Northam maiden at her following outing.
The filly is still quite green and remains a work in progress, however, Ben and Dan Pearce are confident she’ll continue to improve with race experience.
The Pearce stable will saddle-up Pushin’ Shapes in Saturday’s $150,000 Group Three Hyperion Stakes (1600m) at Belmont and have six runners engaged at Kalgoorlie on Sunday.
[PHOTO: Friar’s Fantasia wins at Pinjarra.]