CESSNOCK trainer Robert Davies has been in the game for more than 40 years and never had a runner in a big race, but two-year-old Madame Fly could give him a million-dollar feeling next month.
The Excites filly won her second start, at Warwick Farm on Wednesday, and is on target for the $2 million Magic Millions Classic (1200 metres) at the Gold Coast on January 12.
''I have won a couple of races in town but never had one good enough to run in anything decent,'' Davies said. ''It would be nice to be on the Gold Coast next month. She improved from her first run and I think she will improve again because she is still doing a few things wrong.''
The $50,000 buy was well beaten at her first start but in a determined effort she proved too good in a blanket finish from Tropical Force and Frill Seeking.
''We have always thought she was a nice filly and that [win] means she only needs to get about $20,000 more to get in the [Classic],'' co-owner David Walker said.
''Vin Cox helped me pick her out and when you buy one from that sale you dream of having a runner in the Magic Millions [Classic]. I'm going up for the week and it would be great to have a horse there with me.
''There is the Magic Millions race at Wyong later in the month and if she can run in the first three in that she should get a run on the Gold Coast.''
While Walker and Davies celebrated Madame Fly's success at $26, punters were lamenting the effort of favourite She's Bella, which had drifted from $1.40 to jump at $1.80.
''I can't offer any excuse,'' rider Blake Shinn said. ''There was no ping there when I went for her.''
Joe Pride had a double with Purrfect and Bilko. He prepared the quinella in Bilko's win as Galator chased him home, a feat Tim Martin achieved in the first when Hold Me Closer beat the also well-supported Pink Argyle.
Jay Ford was thrown off in race three but will resume on Friday.