Filly Thrills with another VOBIS win

Progressive filly Thrillster announced herself as the next banner horse of VOBIS scheme with a brilliant victory in Saturday's $300,000 Avenel Equine Hospital 2YO VOBIS Sires (1200m) at Caulfield.

Having captured the $280,000 VOBIS Gold Rush (1000m) at Bendigo earlier in the month at only her second race start, Saturday's two-length procession took the Leon and Troy Corstens-trained juvenile's earnings past $340,000.

Leon Corstens said any doubts about the strength of Thrillster's form were put to bed in emphatic style at the top of the straight when the daughter of Starspagledbanner, a $60,000 purchase at the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Rosemont Stud, exploded away from her rivals under Noel Callow.

Darren Weir's Golden Script finished off powerfully into second while Archie Alexander's maiden filly Miss Hellbender produced some impressive late sectionals to claim third place.

"She's going to be a cheap filly, after today and her win at Bendigo," Corstens said.

"We always thought she had a bit of ability but we didn't know what to expect really.

"When I watched our other horse (Really Swish, runner-up to Thrillster at Bendigo) race in Adelaide I was really disappointed, he went a bit ordinary, so I thought the form might not stack up.

"But she has done really well at home and I think today she looked a lot racier that what we've seen before."

Corstens deferred a lot of the post-race praise to his co-trainer and son Troy, who purchased the filly as a yearling and has spent the past week battling a virus in hospital.

Troy Corstens prepared Starspangledbanner to win the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) and G1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) during the 2009/10 racing season, which launched an international racing career and secured his future at stud.

"Troy has been in love with Starspangledbanner for a long time and I was hoping he'd throw a good one," he said.

"Troy comes out of hospital tonight, he's had a virus and he's temperature kept fluctuating so he's been in there for about six days.

"This win will help for sure."

The next chance to secure a Rosemont Stud-sold yearling will be at the 2018 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale on Sunday, April 23 at Oaklands - our draft can be viewed HERE.

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