Her juvenile season may have been dashed by injury but Hadiklaim is now giving connections plenty of reasons to smile following an impressive debut win at Canterbury.
Trainer Chris Waller believed Hadiklaim had the potential to be a contender in the $2 million Magic Millions Classic as a two-year-old but an unfortunate paddock incident kept her on the sidelines.
Now three, Hadiklaim went to the races on the back of only one barrier trial and while giving away experience to her rivals, the War Pass filly showed terrific race sense to work her way through the field before unleashing a strong turn of foot at the end of the 1100m contest.
“She got hurt in the paddock. She couldn’t walk for a long time,” Waller said.
“We haven’t put her under much pressure and then she trialled on the synthetic track and you really don’t get a line on them which is disappointing. She got beaten six lengths there but still trialled pretty well.
“We turned up here today trying to get a line on her and she’s blown them away.
“I’ve always had a big opinion of her, early on I thought she was our best two-year-old and could head to the Magic Millions.”
Hadiklaim was purchased for $105,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions Yearling Sale by Debbie Kepitis, on the advice of Mulcaster Bloodstock, from the Southern Cross Breeders draft.