Plenty to enjoy with youngster

Enjoy The Show, being ridden out by Matt Cameron, to hold on for a debut win at Pukekohe today over the fast-finishing stakes placegetter Folk Dress.

Form from the Gr.2 J. Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders’ Stakes was franked with the debut win of the Cambridge two-year-old Enjoy The Show at Pukekohe today.

Victory in the Matamata feature last weekend went to the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Aretha and today it was the turn of her stablemate Enjoy The Show to successfully show his talent.

A son of the in-form sire Showcasing, Enjoy The Show had been given two trials leading into today’s event and in the first of those trials he finished a short neck second behind Aretha over 800m on his home track in November.

Freshened after that debut trial, Enjoy The Show had another trial, again at Cambridge, and ran second over 935m without being pressured by rider Matt Cameron.

Enjoy The Show displayed speed to lead in each of his trials and again he was first out of the barriers today in the Splice Construction 1200, but then eased by Cameron to track the leader Well Chosen.

Cameron moved his mount up to the hindquarters of the leader approaching the home turn and had him challenging soon afterward. Inexperience told inside the final 100m when he drifted out when clear in front, but he rallied well to hold on to win by a long head from the fast-finishing Folk Dress, who had finished fourth on debut in the Gr.3 Woburn Farm 2YO Classic at New Plymouth.

“He’s a lovely little horse and he’s probably the natural two-year-old out of the three of Murray and Andrew’s in the race,” said Cameron, referring to Custom Cruiser (fourth) and Holy Mongolemperor (fifth).

“He jumped well, but I didn’t want to lead. He hasn’t been around this way much. It was good to get a bit of a lead into it. It was a bit daunting down the straight, but he got the job done.”

Baker was on course to witness Enjoy The Show’s winning debut and he wasn’t surprised by the effort.

“He’s a promising colt,” he said. “He’s a Showcasing — they go well.

“He’s a half to a Rosehill Guineas winner and he has got a bit of pedigree so I think he is a chance.”

Enjoy The Show is from the Danehill mare Danasia, who won four races including a Listed event in Sydney after showing good New Zealand form, which included a third behind Tapildo in the 2001 Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham following a third to La Bella Dama and Group One winner Elevenses in the Gr.2 Royal Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie.

Like Enjoy The Show, Danasia was also a debut juvenile winner, though her win came on a heavy track late in the season at Te Rapa and she later showed she was better suited over more ground.

Enjoy The Show is a half-brother to Zabrasive (winner of the 2010 Gr.1 Rosehill Guineas and fourth to Shoot Out in the Gr.1 Australian Derby) and Anzali, the winner of four races and twice Listed placed.

It’s also the family of Cheeky Choice (Gr.1 AJC Flight Stakes), Scratchy Bottom (winner of Gr.3 ATC Epona Stakes and second in Gr.1 Australian Derby) and Jackofall, whose three wins from Lisa Latta’s stable included the Listed Murdoch Newell Stakes at Pukekohe and was runner-up in the Listed Wellesley Stakes.