Necklet has lived up to her very good trial, recording a strong win in the Amelia Park Handicap (1100m) for the three-year-olds at Ascot this afternoon.
Last campaign, Necklet was narrowly beaten by Mikimoto first-up last campaign, before competitive showings in the Listed Burgess Queen Stakes and WA Champion Fillies Stakes during the spring.
There was a some drama prior to the race, with Get The Vibe slow getting to the barriers and was slow getting away from the machine as well, while Necklet was supported into an even money favourite.
The Snitzel filly was ridden hard out of the gates by jockey Paul Harvey, and sat outside leader Wee Cent in the run.
Necklet was also three wide in the early stages, but she was quick enough to cross and sit outside the leader.
She hit the front at the top of the home straight as Wee Cent weakened out, and it was her stablemate Mizlecki who threw out the last challenge.
Trainer Fred Kersley, who also had another three-year-old In Love With Paris win last week at Ascot, said he was pleased to see Necklet fight off the stablemate, and felt she had a promising career ahead of her.
“It was a good run,” Kersley said.
“She did have to work early and I thought it may have told on her at the end.
“She is more mature, but she is still only a little filly.”
Kersley said he would keep Necklet to 1200m races, and continue to chase Westspeed bonuses.
Meanwhile, trainer Darren McAuliffe’s decision to bypass tomorrow’s Albany Cup with Master Magician has paid dividends, with the last start Mount Barker Cup placegetter taking out the TABtouch Handicap (2200m) to open the Easter Saturday Ascot program.
Master Magician had to chase tearaway leader Saxon Saxoff throughout the staying event, and was able to do that comfortably to record his fifth career win.