Debut performer Carrera To The Max ensured travel expenses for a visit to Queensland were more than covered when successful in an A$25,000 1000m maiden at the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday.
Prepared by Pukekohe trainer Nigel Tiley, who is campaigning a team in Queensland this winter, Carrera To The Max provided jockey Leith Innes with a race-to-race double after an earlier victory on Intrigue.
A daughter of Snitzel, Carrera To The Max had two trials in New Zealand in preparation for her first-up Australian assignment, and made good use of her inside gate to be prominent throughout before proving too strong for Love Ya Blue over the concluding stages.
“She got herself a little fired up today, which is not like her, but she will learn a lot from the experience,” Tiley said.
“She has always shown me plenty, but she has just been a little bit slow to mature. She is a big girl, so today’s hit-out will do her the world of good.
“I wasn’t sure how she would handle the ground, because I have never really galloped her on a wet track at home.
“She is by Snitzel out of a Pins mare, so she has got a bit going for her.”
Tiley has not planned too far ahead for the three-year-old filly as he hopes to work her through the grades in Queensland through the winter.
“We won’t be pressing too many buttons with her,” he said.
“We will probably find another race around here somewhere and she might have four or five runs this time in and step her through the grades.”