Trainer Graeme Spackman saw shades of Group1 winner Streama in his first-starter Wings after the three-year-old stormed home to win its maiden (1000m) at Kembla Grange on Saturday.
Wearing the same red, white and blue silks as the 2013 George Main Stakes champion mare, Wings scored in a driving finish by a short nose over fellow debutante Flight Academy and Trafalgar Belle.
‘‘She is owned by the same people who own Streama and Streama has got the same laid-back attitude,’’ Spackman said.
‘‘I’m not saying she is anywhere near as good as Streama but you just never know do you?’’
The three-year-old had settled at the back of the field for the sprint, with $2.25 favourite Water Kiss pushed to the front by Jeff Penza to set the early speed.
Running into the breeze, Water Kiss in the Segenhoe Thoroughbreds colours led into the straight but folded over the final 200m, allowing the back markers to finish in the placings.
Jockey Patrick Murphy took Wings right out into the middle of the track, in an alley which favoured runners throughout the day, shooting to the front with Flight Academy to fight out the finish.
Spackman’s filly had the momentum and was able to win the race to the post, as Paul Hammersley drove Trafalgar Belle through late to grab third from Zillionaire.
‘‘It was unexpected, she is home-bred, hasn’t been to her yearling prep and she had never been off the owner’s property until we broke her in,’’ Spackman said.
‘‘I thought the adrenaline rush would get to her and she wouldn’t have anything left at the end but she is just a dream to do anything with.
‘‘She has got a lot of improvement in her.’’
Spackman wasn’t entirely sure of the heights Wings could reach after the win, but credited the work of regular hoop Murphy for the filly’s debut performance.
‘‘Patrick rode her perfectly, he has been riding her in trackwork,’’ Spackman said.
‘‘I think it makes a difference when they have got a little bit of faith in the horse, they know the horse’s idiosyncrasies and the jockeys can deal with it.’’
Before the race, outsider Miss Cheeky Charli was a late scratching in the parade ring after rearing up and tossing jockey Jon Grisedale.
Paramedics on track assisted the hoop, who was limping after the fall and was forced to forfeit his remaining rides for the day.