Impressive 2YO winners for emerging trio

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by Bren O'Brien

The progeny of young sires Dundeel (NZ), Shooting To Win and Deep Field tasted midweek 2-year-old success in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney on Wednesday.

Dundeel's excellent second-season rolled on with his fourth 2-year-old winner thanks to the Matt Cumani-trained filly Deserved, who showed plenty of fight to win the Ladbrokes Plate over 1200m at Sandown.

It was much more comfortable for Shooting To Win's filly Shooting Love, who romped to a 4.5l win in a 1350m race at Doomben for Ben Currie, while at Warwick Farm, Mark Newnham unveiled a very smart son of Deep Field, Deep Sea, who easily accounted for his rivals in the Headwater @ Vinery Hcp over 1150m.

Shooting Love was the fourth winner for his sire, while Deep Sea was the sixth winner for Newgate's Deep Field.

Deserved, a $180,000 Magic Millions purchase by Boomer Bloodstock, owner Peter Diamond and trainer Matt Cumani, is the second winner for her dam Statuette (Redoute's Choice), who hails from a regal Argentinian family, including her own dam, the Group 3 winning Estatuilla (Arg) (Southern Halo {USA}).

Jockey Jamie Kah was impressed with what she saw from the 2-year-old, who fought her way past the more experienced Wedgetail (Foxwedge) to score by 0.3l.

"She's going to improve over further too, this filly," Kah told Racing.com. "She hit a flat spot which I never really saw her do in her trials."

"She's going to improve over further too, this filly." - Jockey Jamie Kah

"Once she steps up to 1400m to a mile. I think she's going to be a very nice horse."

Among her owners is former AFL champion Chris Judd and one of Australia's leading actors, Gary Sweet.

Matt Cumani with Deserved and her winning owners, Chris Judd and Gary Sweet

Deep Sea, bred by Bowness Stud, was picked up for $46,000 for Ric Wylie Bloodstock at last year's Magic Millions Sale and then sold for $75,000 by JK Farm at the NZB Ready To Run Sale.

He did plenty wrong early in the race, but once he got to the outside, produced a strong finish defeating Famous (Medaglia D'Oro {USA}) by 1.3l.

"He just looked like a real sprinter and in hindsight we look to have got him at a good price," Newnham said after the race.

"You don't usually see them win like that after doing so much wrong." - Trainer Mark Newnham

"You don't usually see them win like that after doing so much wrong. He has good ability, but we have to teach him to relax a bit better."

"He might have one more run and then he can have a little break and look towards the spring."

He is the first foal to the track from Isabel Street (Dubawi {Ire}), who is out of stakes-placed American mare Ninth Street Nine (USA) (Mining {USA}).

Shooting Love, who debuted when third at Doomben two weeks' ago, relished the heavy track, setting the pace and kicking clear to defeat Fa Fa (Red Dazzler) by 4.5l with another 3.75l back to third.

She was a $100,000 purchase for the trainer's father Mark at the same Magic Millions Sale, being out of Exquisite Art (Redoute's Choice), a daughter of star 2-year-old Victory Vein (Mr Henrysee).

She wasn't the only winner to secure victory by a large margin at the wet Doomben track with Flower of Love and Vega One (Lope De Vega {Ire}) breaking their maidens by nine lengths and Coral Coast (So You Think {NZ}) winning Race 3 by four lengths.