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Impressive debut win for Naantali

20 September 2017, 4:45 p.m.

The Ciaron Maher-trained Naantali has defied a tough run to score in maiden company at Cranbourne on Wednesday and looks destined for better things.

The three-year-old daughter of Rip Van Winkle was no closer than four-wide throughout yet continued to find on debut over 1200m.

“I probably couldn’t have had a worse run in the race, but today she’s just won on class,” rider Michael Dee said.

“She’s still very new and got a lot of learning to do. I think she’s got a lot of ability.”

Out of the Zabeel mare Zaloot, Naantali was a $180,000 purchase by Maher from Windsor Park Stud’s draft at the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale.