Runaway Moonee Valley win for Miss Cooper

Dec 04, 2015

There are few better ways for a horse to break a maiden than with a crushing metropolitan victory.

Miss Cooper broke her maiden with an emphatic victory in the Windows By Design Plate (1600m) at Moonee Valley.

Miss Cooper had always shown she was capable of winning her share of races for trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra but the daughter of Medaglia D’Oro ended a run of minor placings with a dominant 5-1/2 length win.

Stable apprentice Katelyn Mallyon was aboard Miss Cooper at just her fourth ride back from an injury-enforced lay-off and sent the three-year-old forward to race outside the leader until the 400m.

Miss Cooper went to the lead rounding the home turn before dashing clear in the straight to record a soft win at her 10th outing.

The win also brought Mallyon within one victory of outriding her claim.

“It was so good to get the first winner back for Matty and Simon,” Mallyon said.

“She’s a really nice horse and hopefully she goes on with it.

“She hit the front too far from home. She pricked her ears and I was saying, ‘keep going, keep going’ but she got left in front and she just ran away with it.

“She was really good.”

Miss Cooper is the fourth foal out of the Dehere mare Mss Lenglen, who is out of the brilliant Group 1 winner Miss Kournikova, to win out of five to race.

Congratulations to Miss Cooper’s owners and all involved with the exciting filly’s terrific maiden victory.