It didn’t take long for Saigon Tea to taste success in Australia, winning at her second start since crossing the Tasman and joining the stable of Chris Waller.
The Kiwi import, formerly known as Dreamy Jayda, found the line strongly first-up over 1300m and improved off that performance to again charge from the tail of the field and win over 1400m on a wet track at Warwick Farm.
Ridden by Tommy Berry, Saigon Tea struck trouble in the early stages of the race but still managed to recover and prove too strong for Amarachi and Helvetica.
“I think she can develop in to quite a nice mare, that was only her second start since coming across from New Zealand and she gave me a feel that she could go to a higher level,” said jockey Tommy Berry.
“I really liked the way she relaxed early and then quickened when I asked of her.
“She got through the wet ground well, which is a bonus, but I think she can be just as effective on top of the ground.”