REGALLY bred horses made their mark on Bendigo Cup day.
La Amistad, the three-quarter sister to Melbourne Cup champion Makybe Diva, showed she's on her way to better races when she thrashed her rivlas in the Peak Sports and Fitness Handicap (2200m).
Trained by John, Wayne and Michael Hawkes, La Amistad ($3.50 fav) had plenty in reserve, outclassing her rivals by more than two lengths.
"She's a big baby,'' Wayne Hawkes said.
"She's improving all the time, but she's probably a year away yet."
The next race, Double Dee, the half-sister to Cox Plate winner Shamus Award, scored a gutsy win in the State Trustees Handicap (1400m).
Double Dee, which was trapped wide, was ridden by Bendigo-raised hoop Brad Rawiller.
"It probably wasn't a great ride, but she just kept finding,'' Rawiller said.
"I rode her early in her career and she's always shown ability.
"She might be ready to go on with it."