Trainer Danny O'Brien and jockey Craig Williams with My Pendant (Image: Racing Photos)
My Pendant shouldered topweight when extending her winning streak to three in Saturday's $120,000 Santa's Workshop Plate (1400m) for three-year-old fillies at Flemington.
Trainer Danny O'Brien was full of praise for the daughter of Pins who once again came from the second half of the field and swamped her rivals in the straight.
"If you look at her she's such a laidback filly, she lopes around like an old pony and just joins in at the finish when you need her to," O'Brien said.
Ridden by Craig Williams and conceding at least 1.5kg to the entire field, My Pendant ($3.30 favourite) overran long-time leader Notation ($6.50) and won by a neck.
"Craig (Williams) gave her a really nice ride. She has travelled softly in the run and been able to give that burst at the finish," O'Brien added.
"She still does a few things wrong, she wanted to lay in, but I think she's got a bright future."
My Pendant has raced five times, finishing runner-up in Kilmore and Ballarat maidens before winning three-consecutive races in metropolitan company. Saturday's victory came at her first attempt over 1400 metres.
"She's come a long way in a short space of time, continuing to improve each time she's stepped out," O'Brien said.
"We'll keep the base fitness that she's got through this summer campaign and she'll bounce into the autumn, probably in mid-February for a race like the Vanity (Stakes).
"She may even get out to 1600 or 2000 metres later in the season."
WATCH: My Pendant's win
My Pendant was co-bred by Waikato Stud before being purchased by Phil Cataldo Bloodstock for NZ$100,000 from the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier yearling sale, with Waikato Stud's proprietor Mark Chittick retaining a managing stake.
My Pendant is the only progeny of maiden Any Suggestion mare My Locket to race. My Locket is a half-sister to Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) winner Miss Keepsake.
"Mark has got a very nice filly that'll hopefully go back to Waikato (Stud) as a stakes winner," O'Brien added.
Queen La Diva ($4) and Birdwing ($12) made ground from the second half of the field to finish third and fourth respectively.
It's expected the Darren Weir-trained Queen La Diva will contest the $100,000 Listed Tasmanian Guineas (1600m) at Hobart on January 11.
Birdwing is winless from four starts but is yet to run poorly. Trainer John Sadler suggested post-race that Birdwing may have one more run this campaign with some South Australian black-type features in mind later in the season.