It isn’t very often a horse will step straight out of maiden company to win a graded race, let alone dominate their more experienced opposition.
On Friday, Mouse Almighty defied this trend, making the big jump to a 1000m Class Three Handicap at Wagga after most recently winning her maiden at a non-TAB meeting at Corowa.
The George Dimitropoulos runner, who was ridden by Tyler Schiller, was a despised outsider at $51 but absolutely bolted in, winning by 1.99 lengths and beating a listed placegetter and some very promising types.
“It was very good. They don’t jump from Maiden events to Class Threes and win like that if they aren’t very good,” Dimitropoulos laughed.
Mouse Almighty, aptly named because of her diminutive stature at just 14 and a half hands, seemingly had a snorkel and goggles on in the tough little sprint event, getting through the heavy conditions with ease.
“I think she enjoyed her run more than anything else, she handled the conditions and she came back very happy with herself,” Dimitropoulos said.
The Tumbarumba trainer did suggest he had a good win on the three-year-old and said he was surprised to see her drift out to 50/1.
“I did have a good day and supported her at big odds. I know it was a big step up but she is a handy type and she was over the odds,” Dimitropoulos said.
Apprentice hoop Tyler Schiller said that he was able to get away with a soft sit in the early stages and described how Mouse Almighty kicked on for a strong victory.
“She seemed to love the ground and from the nice barrier, we got away with a soft lead,” Schiller said.
“Coming into the straight, I thought she was going good enough if she gave a kick to hang on for a place, but once she got to the 200 metre mark, she found another gear and was as tough as old boots.”
Schiller admitted that Mouse Almighty beat some decent horses but didn’t want to get carried away about the Tumbarumba runner’s future prospects and said that weights could become an issue for the small filly.
“It’s hard to say whether she could get to those heights of a TAB Highway, but she did beat some quality horses running good time for the track rating,” Schiller said.
“With two confidence-boosting win, hopefully she can hold her form going forward, but being of a small build, she will need to stay down in the weights.”
According to Dimitropoulos, Mouse Almighty will be off to Sydney next start to contest a TAB Highway Handicap and he expected her to face off against some more promising types.
“She will go to a Class Three TAB Highway at Royal Randwick on November 23,” Dimitropoulos said.
“We will find out how good she is up against some good horses.”