Kiwi mare Edie Jaccka looks set to be a bargain buy for Nulkaba trainer Clayton Harmey after winning with ease on debut at Newcastle Paceway on Saturday night.
The five-year-old, a $1.30 favourite in race two, led early and never looked in danger, kicking clear on the home turn with Blake Hughes in the gig to win by 24.8 metres in 1:57:9.
A last-start winner in New Zealand, Edie Jaccka cost Harmey just $15,000 to buy and bring to his stables.
He expects her to win more $3380 first-prize cheques at Newcastle while working through the grades before heading to the rich weekly mares races at Menangle.
"She went really nice and I thought she would win, I wasn't worried what ratings race she was in," Harmey said. "She goes fairly well and we didn't pay too much for her, and I expect her to do a nice job over here.
"I'll probably race her through December then put in the paddock, let her acclimatise and then I think she'll come back a better horse."
Harmey owns 25 per cent of the pacer and syndicated the rest with clients.
"You can't buy these types of horses in Australia," he said. "You couldn't buy her off someone here for $15,000.
"I've offered money for horses around here who are not as good as her, and they want upwards of $20,000."
Aaron Goadsby-trained Immortal Change was another Kiwi import to make an impressive Australian debut at Newcastle.
The mare won by 14.2m in 1:57:00 and was part of a double for Goadsby and driver Josh Osborn, who also had My Design record back-to-back victories at the track.