Multaja (Image: Racing Photos)
Godolphin filly Multaja emerged as a major player for some of the spring's premier fillies races after she put paid to a handy field of three-year-olds in Saturday's SAJ Fruits Handicap (1000m) at The Valley.
With Dwayne Dunn in the saddle, the daughter of Medaglia d'Oro swooped powerfully from midfield to account for the previously unbeaten Pippie and Fidelia, stopping the clock at 57.57 seconds - more than a second quicker than the colts and geldings two races earlier.
As he did for legendary trainer Bart Cummings over several decades, Reg Fleming was deputising for the former's grandson James at The Valley and said Multaja had improved markedly since her impressive debut win at Werribee in April.
"Every time we step her out she keeps stepping up to the mark so hopefully she can keep doing it," Fleming said.
"We'll get over today and see what James (Cummings) wants to do with her next but I think she's going the right way.
"The way she raced today you'd think that at least seven (furlongs) would be no worries."
Immediate options in Melbourne for Multaja include the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) and the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m), both at Caulfield, while feature race options in Sydney include the first two legs of the Darley Princess Series at Randwick, the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) on August 18 or the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) on September 1.
WATCH: Multaja's win