Neil Payne knows that somewhere Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott were watching Pandemonium salute with a smile.
The training duo weren’t on track at Kembla Grange on Thursday, but long-time stable representative Payne was certain they’d have been ecstatic with what transpired.
Pandemonium, ridden by leading apprentice Rachel King, ran her rivals off their feet in a dominant 3-¼ lengths victory over Gerald Ryan trained Cool Dude Ausbred, with Campaign in third.
The performance helped flash the filly’s potential, which Waterhouse and Bott thought enough of to give her a start in a Blue Diamond Prelude last preparation,
“Gai and Adrian thought [highly] of this horse to race to stronger company and we do think she will get better as she gets over longer,” Payne said.
“I am sure Gai and Adrian will be over the moon.”
Pandemonium rocketed out of the barriers and King never relinquished the lead from that point on as she surged away for a comfortable victory.
“Once jumped out and put it to us early but Rachel kept her cool and rated her in front,” Payne said.
“That is how Gai likes our horses, leading but with our jockey balancing them in front which Rachel did today.”