Two-year-old Falkirk Filly Miss Marauder, winner of the New Zealand Bloodstock 2YO Handicap over 1100m at Awapuni on Saturday, will now progress to Ellerslie over the New Year carnival.
Miss Marauder was the Windsor Park Stud freshman sire Falkirk's first race winner.
The filly, trained on the course by Matthew Eales, scored a strong onpace win to beat another highly rated filly Kallisan. Miss Marauder had produced a bold run for fifth, from a wide barrier, when tackling the Wellesley Stakes at Trentham on debut. The margin on Saturday was a long neck, with a further 1 3/4L back to third placed Juzchillin. The time was a smart 1.05.11.
Miss Marauder is now likely to tackle the $70,000, Group Three, Eclipse Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie on January 1, to give her experience at Ellerslie before the $1 million Karaka Million (1200m) on January 31.
A $30,000 yearling buy Miss Marauder, out of Kate Lorimer, showed pace reminiscent of her sire Falkirk who was a brilliant international Group-winning sprinter in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and New Zealand.
From just a handful of starters Falkirk looks to have a great future with the promising placegetters San Leonardo and Triple Treats, along with a number of trials winners, to represent him.