Writ large: Subpoenaed holds court at headquarters
Subpoenaed (Rip Van Winkle) races with a quirky climbing action and is certain to climb through the grades and possibly all the way to Group 1 company this autumn.
The Chris Waller-trained three-year-old filly had too much class for her older rivals when she resumed with a dominant win in the Sky Racing Active Handicap (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Subpoenaed started the $1.65 favourite – she was as much as $2.50 midweek – and will be given her chance at the better races, including the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m).
"The team who bought her, a lot of them are involved with Verry Elleegant, they thought she would make a nice three-year-old autumn filly, and I think they're going to be bang on,'' Waller said.
"Her first prep was not what we expected but she was running over shorter distances.
"She's learned a lot and we'll give her the chance to get through to a race like the Vinery.
"First-up over 1400m today was to help teach her how to settle. Tommy [Berry] got her to switch off perfectly, and it was nice to see her accelerate in the straight.
"We found a nice race for her today from a winning point of view and a confidence point of view.''
Waller nodded when asked about Subpoenaed's racing action and quipped to The Sun-Herald: "I've seen that before ... with Edmund Hillary.''
Berry said of the action: "She swings her legs and really throws them out in front, but she can cover ground really well. You can't feel that when you're on top of her. She looks more uncomfortable than what she rides like.
"I said to Chris she feels like she will get a mile plus. The last prep she wasn't relaxing well enough to do that. Today the way she went around to the gates, she was like an older horse.
"She's one of those fillies like Libertini who just ooze a bit of class. When she quickened up and put them away, she got tired late, but they walked and she had to sprint quickly to put them away. I had them covered quickly. It was important she could quicken so well to get out of trouble.
"She's got an old head on young shoulders but she's still very raw. In six months time you'll see the real filly.''