Garry Frazer made a long-awaited trip back to Melbourne to claim a stakes race at Flemington.
Spright completed a winning hat-trick when she took out the Group Three Crown Resort’s Plate on Thursday.
Ridden by Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy, Spright was a well-backed $4.20 favourite in scoring by 1-1/4 lengths from Super Too ($7.50) with Miss Wonderland ($6.50) three quarters of a length away third.
Frazer hadn’t had a runner in Victoria since Sheer Style won the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic at Ballarat in 2013.
The Hawkesbury-based horseman had planned his assault on Thursday’s race after Spright was successful in Listed company at Randwick last month.
That win had followed a maiden victory at Rosehill in September.
“When she won the Brian Crowley I thought we’d come down and have a go at this fillies race,” Frazer said.
“I was a little bit concerned about coming down the straight but we had the right pilot on board.”
Frazer said Spright would go to the spelling paddock before a tilt at the Sydney autumn carnival.
“She’s always been a very nice filly but immature but she’ll get better and be a better filly next time in,” Frazer said.
“We’ll see what’s on in the autumn, but it’ll be one step at a time.”
McEvoy was full of praise for the daughter of Hinchinbrook who was in a difficult position in the run.
“What I liked about her was her turn of foot,” McEvoy said.
“She’s a very promising filly.”
Earlier in the day, Tamalee Farm was all abuzz, with the birth of an Arlington half-sister to Spright. Out of the Dash For Cash mare Dashoff, the Arlington filly is the second foal by the sire born at Tamalee Farm, and the mare will head back to the half-brother to Group 1 winner.
The current two-year-old filly by Arlington is in the stable of Spright’s trainer Garry Frazer, with connections excited to see the filly race in the future.