Developing mare True Desire showed the benefit of experience when staging a form reversal to break her maiden at Bairnsdale.
True Desire struggled on debut at Sale on September 8 but the four-year-old had excuses, hanging in throughout the race when ninth of 16 in a maiden.
Trainer Shea Eden decided to give the daughter of Happy Giggle another chance soon after her unplaced first-up effort, finding the Grandview Racecourse 1885 Maiden Plate (1200m) as the perfect assignment for True Desire.
Apprentice Adam McCabe took the reins on True Desire after Ruth Bradley rode the chestnut on debut.
McCabe sent True Desire to the lead from barrier two where she travelled kindly throughout the early and middle stages of the $15,000 event, giving herself a chance to finish the race off.
The eventual third placegetter looked to have True Desire’s measure when she ambled forward to get within a length with 250 metres to run but McCabe got the best out of his mount in the straight.
True Desire fought gamely to hold off the backmarkers in the straight to score by a half head to break through at her second start.
The victory earned True Desire’s connections an $11,000 winner’s cheque.
Congratulations to True Desire’s owners – T A Scanlon, P A Scanlon, W D Henwood, N D Henwood, S M Hodge, J S Viney, C G Steer & G Pool.
Click here to view a replay of True Desire’s maiden win at Bairnsdale.
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