Tubman’s Chance to See a different path

TALENTED: Stable ride Nell Foley with promising three-year-old Bye See at Mick Tubman's Kembla Grange stable. Picture: ROBERT PEET
TALENTED: Stable ride Nell Foley with promising three-year-old Bye See at Mick Tubman's Kembla Grange stable. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Mick Tubman knew it wouldn’t be a clear-cut case of like mother, like daughter with promising filly Bye See.

The three-year-old is out of Tubman’s former super filly Chance Bye, which took the affable Kembla trainer on the journey of a lifetime just a few years ago.

A sprinting star, Chance Bye’s rags-to-riches story thrust Tubman into the spotlight when she went on a magical run of three successive victories as a two-year-old, including capturing the Group 2 Silver Slipper in 2010.

Bye See is her second foal to race.

By Sebring, she never featured as a two-year-old and is destined to follow a vastly different career path in the eyes of Tubman. 

The trainer believes it’s over the longer journeys where the filly’s future lies.

It’s why he has nominated Bye See for the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) on day two of The Championships later this year and hopes to run his talented three-year-old in the Arrowfield Kembla Grange Classic (1600m).

“She is going to be a pretty exciting filly I think,” Tubman said. 

While the fillies are blessed with different talents, Tubman was able to find some similarities between his up-and-coming talent and Chance Bye – who he tragically lost in an accident in a paddock last year.

“She is nothing like her…well actually she is in one sense. She’s got that speed,” the trainer told The Punt.

“I gave her a jumpout at Kembla the other day and she won it easy.

“She was two lengths off them at the furlong and then won by six.

“She run 46.55 and her [Group 2 winner] Scarlet Rain ran the same day and ran 46.58 so she has got that speed. 

“It is just that early speed is what she lacks, but she has a lot of strength.”

Bye See has had just the one career start to date on Australia Day at Randwick. 

Put up at $101 by bookmakers, Bye See was backed restlessly into $21 at her debut. 

It reignited memories of Chance Bye’s first start when she was backed from $26 into $4 favourite for an Inglis Nursery race she claimed in dominant fashion. 

Bye See was unable to taste the same success, running on well for fourth, but there was plenty to like about the run for Tubman. 

“It was a big ask for her going up there at her first start. It was all a bit new for her but she will benefit from it,” Tubman said. “She wants a mile or further.”

Tubman will give Bye See her second career start on Wednesday in the Glen Miller Maiden Handicap (1200m) at Randwick.

Kathy O’Hara, who piloted Chance Bye and the fillies first progeny Dreams Alive to victory, will ride the three-year-old.

“I expect her to run well,” Tubman said.

“If she gets an even break I expect her to win it but there is the chance she will be vulnerable early.

“She is drawn well. 

“All she has to do is step and be there, and she will do the rest.”

The Randwick card jumps at 1.10pm on Wednesday afternoon.