Sent to the boxes a $1.90 favourite after her brilliant win in last week’s heat, Arsonist again took full advantage of box one to lead clearly through the first turn. Recent Group 1 Silver Chief winner Enry Walt ($4.70) recovered from a moderate start to follow Arsonist through the turn and the pair soon cleared away from the pursuing pack.
The imposing 38.7kg Enry Walt reduced the margin to just one length coming off the back. As the pair turned for home, Arsonist stuck to the rail as Enry Walt drifted wide, and the former South Australian raced to the line to take the $25,000 first prize in a slick 29.88.
The win maintained Arsonist’s unbeaten start to her racing career having now saluted in all four of her race races and amassing over $32,000 in prizemoney.
“I’d like to give a special thanks to (trainer) Heather Collins and her family for all the work they’ve done with this little girl of mine since I brought her over (to Victoria) a couple of months ago,” said an ecstatic owner Nathan Rooney.
“I couldn’t have imagined standing here after four wins from four starts, but she’s going exceptionally and hopefully this will also help launch Heather and Steve in Victoria.”
The win was Heather Collins’ first Group race feature and proved just reward for making the move from South Australia to Victoria several years ago.
“They’ve worked tirelessly since they moved across. It’s always hard to find a good one and hopefully this one goes onto bigger and better things.”
Former winners of the DDC Launching Pad since 2003 include Group 1 finalists Bounty Lass, Traction Control, Path To Power and Teaman Titch.