Lisdoonvarna made an impressive Australian debut at Nowra on Tuesday, but Jamberoo jockey Peter Wells still believes the Kiwi import’s best is yet to come.
Lisdoonvarna kicked off life under the care of Warwick Farm trainers Amanda Turner and Mauro Poletti in brilliant fashion with a 1-¼ length triumph in the Robert Oatley Wines F&M Maiden Handicap (1100m).
The three-year-old comfortably put a gap on Mark Newham’s Libelle, with Marc Conner’s Miss Demi a futher two lengths away in third.
It was the perfect introduction to racing in Australia.
And Wells is adamant Lisdoonvarna will continue to improve as she settles in her new home.
“She is still really green,” he told Sky Thoroughbred Central.
“She is not really switched on or screwed down just yet but that’s a good place to be at the start of her preparation.
“She is not a bad filly and knuckled down well.”
Wells had to navigate from a tricky draw in barrier 10 to help the filly salute.
Turner heaped praise on her stable jockey for his role in Lisdoonvarna’s maiden success.
“He has ridden her an absolute treat,” she said.
“I said to ride her how you find her and she has gone super.”