Sylvia's Mother winning at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
Sylvia's Mother looked a little out of place on the winter card at Flemington on Saturday but co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said there was plenty of upside in the exercise.
Starting at $2.30, Sylvia's Mother gave away a big start in the 1200-metre TAB/ATA Trainers' Trust Handicap but was being eased up on the line a clear length-and-a-quarter winner over My Pendant ($8), with a long head to Ruban Bleu ($81) in third place.
"It looked soft because she didn't really know where she was going," Hawkes explained.
"She only got here yesterday morning and that's why she was probably a little bit wayward.
"She's got a massive turn of foot and at the 600 (metres), I was thinking 'Thank God you've got that turn of foot' because they didn't look like they were going too hard but she cruised up to them.
"To be fair she's a Group filly in an off-season race so hopefully we can go onwards and upwards towards the spring and get some black type for her.
"We just wanted to see how she'd go and she handled the straight pretty damn good to be honest."
WATCH: Sylvia's Mother's win
The performance of Sylvia's Mother to win her fifth race from just her eighth start was not the only thing to impress Hawkes.
He said the stable had also been taken with the way the filly's rider Michael Poy handles himself on and off the track and he said the son of former star Michael Clarke looked to have a big future in the saddle.
"Michael Poy has only ridden one bad race for us," Hawkes said. "I reckon he's won half a dozen races for us this season and he's only had about 10 rides.
"He's really level-headed and does what he has to do and when he comes back, he gives as good an explanation as any apprentice I've ever worked with."
WATCH: Hear from Hawkes