To quote veteran race caller, Greg Miles, it was a “HUGE win” on debut by Wanted 2YO Kalabek in the JRA Hcp (1000m) at Caulfield on Easter Monday.
She missed the kick before producing a withering burst from the home turn to score by a half length.
Sent out a $1.90 favourite after blowing away her rivals by six lengths in a Cranbourne trial a fortnight ago, Kalabek looked to have little chance after dwelling in the gate and getting caught in the pack.
But Damien Oliver showed why he’s No. 1 on most people’s dance card by swinging the filly to the outside and urging her to the line strongly for an impressive win, easing down on the line.
It was the second winner in just over a week for Eliza Park International sire Wanted.Â His first-starter Rough Justice won for the Ellerton — Zahra stable at Terang last Sunday.
Young trainer Brent Stanley was clearly impressed with the win of Kalabek, commenting that she was right up to stakes class, adding that he “loves the breed”.
“I’ve got another Wanted at home (Crinklecut) who has been working the house down and should have his first start in a couple of weeks.”
Kalabek is out of the Zeditave mare Star’s Delight and was sold by Eliza Park International at last year’s Magic Millions National Yearling Sale for $110,000.
On top of the allocated prizemoney, the connections of Kalabek and Rough Justice both picked up extra cash thanks to Super VOBIS.