Cranbourne trainer Dylan Stratford celebrated his first career double when Naked Ambition and Classic Maker were successful at the club’s meeting on Monday afternoon.
Stratford relocated to the Cranbourne Training Centre almost a year ago to the day and has spent the past twelve months establishing a team of around a dozen horses at the state-of-the-art facility.
That team includes the promising three-year-old trotting filly Naked Ambition who won on debut in the first race on Monday’s program, the Alderaran Park Trot over 2,080 metres. The daughter of Andover Hall and Starcus was well handled by reinsman Scott Ewen and despite a tardy start, the filly went on to score a comfortable victory by five metres over Goodtime Pe Rabbit with Aru And Me filling third placing.
The 28 year-old Stratford is predicting a bright future for Naked Ambition which is raced by the Cranbourne Club 21 syndicate.
“She’s always shown promise and it was terrific for her to win first-up on Monday,” said Stratford.
“I think she’s a really progressive type of filly. I’ve still got a few little things to iron out but once she puts it all together I think she can be competitive in all the feature fillies races later in the season.”
Stratford’s other winner on the card was Classic Maker, a relatively recent addition to the stable, who convincingly won the SBG Accountants Pace as a short-priced favourite. The six year-old gelding had good form around horses of the calibre of My Sweetchilliphilly and Iconic Major and was placed to advantage by Straftord in his Cranbourne assignment.
Settling one out and two back for champion reinsman Chris Alford, Classic Maker was set alight at the 600-metre mark and dashed up the home straight to record a dominant runaway victory from two other locals in My Forgotten Hero and Daybreak Drama.
“That was just the perfect race for the horse,” Stratford explained after the race. “I’m not sure how long it’s been since he last won but he’s the perfect example of a horse being suited by the new national ratings handicapping system.”
“He deserved to win another race and it was good to be able to find a race he could be competitive in again.”
Both Naked Ambition and Classic Maker are engaged at the Melton race meeting next Monday afternoon 28th October.
By David Scott
Photo: Claire Weston Photography