Roger James unveiled an exciting new talent at Avondale this afternoon when Romantic Maid(High Chaparral x Returntosender) burst away from her rivals to win the NZ All Golds Cosmopolitan Club 1400 by three and a quarter lengths.
Ridden by in-form jockey Michael McNab and carrying the blue and yellow colours made famous by Australian Group One winner Lights Of Heaven, Romantic Maid raced in midfield before looming on the outside at the top of the straight and accelerating impressively down the lane to win by a widening margin.
It was Romantic Maid’s first raceday start, having won the most recent of her two trials by a similar distance.
“I thought it was an impressive performance from her today,” trainer Roger James said. “She’s still got a lot to learn and I haven’t tightened any screws on her yet, she’s very new, but she’s definitely got above average ability.
“Both of her trials before her debut were good. She’s on the improve and I think she’s an exciting filly.
“I’ll see how she comes through the run before making any plans with her. This was only a midweek maiden, so she’s probably a fair way away from anything big at the moment. But she is a developing filly and I certainly believe she’s capable of getting to something big later on.”
Like Lights Of Heaven, Romantic Maid is bred and owned by the expat New Zealander Judy Wanless who now lives in Queensland. She has a number of mares based at Trelawney Stud with Romantic Maid reared and educated on the farm.
Romantic Maid is by High Chaparral out of the Elusive City mare Returntosender, who won four races including the Gr. 2 Queen of the South Stakes in Adelaide. Second dam Disco Girl is a half-sister to the multiple Group One winner Response.