AN IMPRESSIVE win on debut in Bendigo has the Danny O'Brien stable confident it has a smart filly on its hands in Moldova.
The two-year was backed from $21 into $19 before blitzing his 11 rivals to score by more than two-lengths in a quality maiden race on Tuesday.
The Snitzel filly had trialled nicely twice before yesterday's first official start and was well ridden by champion jockey Damien Oliver, who was wearing the same coloured silks he wore in his lone ride aboard the former champion mare Makybe Diva.
The stable's high opinion of Moldova was shared by the 112-time Group 1 -winning jockey.
"She has showed nice improvement from the nice trial; we were out wide on the track and she tried to lay in, but from that trial she has really come on," Oliver told broadcaster Racing.com
"She found the rail and travelled well and gave a good kick.
"I think she will continue to improve."
The eight races were won by eight different trainers and eight different jockeys.
Ballarat trainer Melody Cunningham scored an emotional win with Boots Tarrington, with the three-year saluting just three days after the death of his breeder and former trainer Rob Lont.
"This would be the hardest win I've ever had," she said.
(His wife) Toni is still involved (as an owner) ... I wish her all the best, she must be doing it tough.
"I'm glad he got there for them today."
Jockey Jarrod Lorensini, who wore a black armband during the race, believed Lont was watching over him during the race.
"I think he helped me up there."