Menari’s Little Sister Makes Winning Debut

Punters threw their lot behind Menari’s little sister Sweet Ava, who was making her career debut in the TAB Com Au plate (1200m) at Canterbury on Friday and she didn’t disappoint.

Trained by Gerald Ryan, the George Altomonte homebred sat outside the pacesetting Diamondsandjewels in the run and travelled sweetly to the home turn.

When Kerrin McEvoy pressed the button the response was not immediate as Diamondsandjewels was clinging stubbornly to the lead.

Over the last 100 metres, Sweet Ava began to assert her superiority.

The daughter of Snitzel came away to defeat Diamondsandjewels (Sepoy) by a short-neck with China Horse Club’s $500,000 Sebring filly Eawase three-quarter of a length back in third.

“She’ll go to the paddock Monday morning and have a couple of weeks out,” Ryan said

“We will see how she comes back later in the autumn. I don’t think she’s a Golden Slipper-type – more a Sires’ Produce or Champagne type filly.

“She’s still learning. It’s the first time away from Rosehill and she’s still got a few little quirks to iron out but she’s going the right way.”

A full sister to Group II ATC The Run to the Rose winner and Group 1 Golden Rose third Menari, Sweet Ava is the sixth foal of the General Nediym mare Isurava, a sister to Group II Magic Night Stakes winner Ichinhara and Listed Gold Stocking winner Au Chocolat out of winning three-quarter sister to Group I One Thousand Guineas winner Whisked the dam of the champion Tie The Knot.

After missing to Hinchinbrook in 2015, Isurava foaled a Not A Single Doubt filly on November 2.

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