Impecunious off the mark at Caulfield

Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young unveiled New Zealand recruit Impecunious (NZ) (Sacred Falls) on Wednesday and the highly-touted three-year-old didn’t disappoint when winning the Neds Same Race Multi Handicap (1200m) at Caulfield.

Ridden by Damien Oliver, the staying bred filly came from back in the field to power over the top late, impressing the ace jockey.

“She’s a nice scopey, staying type of filly,” Oliver said.

“The pace was quite strong and she never really took me into the race. I had to niggle at her to stay in touch. She could be a candidate for some blinkers down the track.

“She’s a filly that is going to get over 1400m, a mile and maybe even further and when the tempo comes out of the race, she will travel even better.”

Impecunious was a $140,000 purchase for Riccarton trainer Michael Pitman at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale and is a daughter of the winning Zabeel mare Sheezababe, who was also runner-up in the Listed New Zealand St Leger.

The second dam Honor Babe won the Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m).

Impecunious finished third on debut for Pitman and his training partner, son Matthew, before she was successful at Riccarton during the winter.

Those performances courted the attention of high-profile Australian owner Ozzie Kheir, who successfully purchased the filly and now races her with a number of partners, including original owner Chris Griffin.

Yoiung indicated Impecunious will be aimed towards fillies features at the Sydney Autumn Carnival.

Later on the program Contributer filly Benefactress (NZ) made it back to back wins for trainer Clinton McDonald, while four-year-old mare Kurabui (NZ) (Proisir) maintained her perfect record with two starts for two wins. Kurabui is a half-sister to Group Two winner Surprise Baby and was an impressive winner on debut when winning at Pakenham over 1400m and relished the step up to 1600m on Wednesday for trainers Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr.

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