Paris Opera headed to Ballina today looking to improve on her recent first up effort where she finished midfield. The daughter of promising second season stallion Cluster certainly took benefit from the debut run by taking out the Win Network Fillies and Mares Maiden Plate with a strong finish to grab the race leader right on the line to score by an important nose margin. The filly has proved to be a work in progress and the win was very satisfying for both Bryan and Daniel who have used important lessons learned over the years to secure today’s lesson.
Paris Opera also landed the first of what will hopefully be many winners for the stable and the fillies owners and winning Co Trainer Bryan Guy was quick to acknowledge the support of the owners “its great to finally win a race for Neville and the Knightsbridge bloodstock team, we have gone close on a few occasions and just missed, also we have had a bit of bad luck with a couple of horses but the owners have stuck solid so hopefully we can now build on today’s result”.
Today’s winning rider Jason Taylor went into today’s race with an air of confidence after the filly gave him a good feel at her first start “I gave the filly a more then average chance on her run where she just knocked up and I thought that if Bryan and Daniel could get a couple of strong gallops into her then she would be right in the finish today. What pleased me most was the way she hit the line, I can’t wait to see her over further and I doubt today will be her last win”
Winning Co Trainer Daniel Guy was quick to point out after the race that the win was due to the experience of his Co Trainer and Father Bryan who remembered an important lesson from early in his career “This win all comes from a lesson Dad learnt along time ago, never sack a horse on it’s track work because it you went on this fillies work she wouldn’t have beat the ambulance home. She was originally trained at Tuncurry and the original trainer didn’t think much of her and when she came to us Dad said I will give her a trial and a race start because you never know some horses are just racehorses not track workers. He once trained a horse that never won a gallop but went on to win a stakes race in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane”