A Classic Performance

Sep 20, 2016

It was no surprise to see Classic Diva break through for a strong maiden victory at Echuca on Tuesday, the lightly raced daughter of High Chaparral having shown plenty at her preceding runs.

At her previous outing a game third to two fillies (Legless Veuve and Summer Glen) with metropolitan level form, Classic Diva was not at her absolute best on the heavy conditions but she was just too good.

"She was not comfortable in the going," reported jockey Jye McNeil, "so it was a good win."

"She was really relaxed during the running," he said, adding that he would not be surprised if "she could get more ground."

Settling third, looming up at the turn and finding the line well, Classic Diva was greeted back to scale with loud cheers - a big group of happy owners making the trip to Echuca.

Including the stable's Cheryl McCarthy who was all smiles.

"We are very, very pleased with her," she enthused, adding that "her Sale run gave us a lot of confidence coming into today."

An $80,000 graduate of last year's Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Classic Diva is a daughter of the late High Chaparral and the Danehill Dancer mare Classic Music.

Bred by our wonderful clients Hillside, Classic Diva is the second foal and second winner for Classic Music who was served last spring by Pierro.

She is a daughter of the outstanding UK mare Pipalong, Group One winner of the Haydock Sprint Cup and dam of the Irish Group Three winner Walk On Bye.