CASCADA returned from a good spell to indicate she might win some more nice races after a dominating win at Walcha on Friday.
The Mark Mason-trained mare made it two wins from four starts when she won the $25,000 2013 Graziers Class 2 Handicap (1000m) by three and three quarter lengths in a quick 56.70secs.
She was just .70secs out side the new track record set by Tomcatnaround earlier in the day.
“I did have her nominated for Coonabarabran too,” said Mason.
“I’m glad I didn’t go there.”
It was delivered with a wry grin and followed winning jockey Greg Ryan’s assessment of the daughter of Lonhro.
“By the time we went 100m I knew we weren’t going to get beaten,” he told Mark Mason as he unsaddled.
“I was cruising and they were all off the bit chasing. Even going around to the barriers she gave me a nice feel. She went well and will win a few more for you.”
Mason had that feeling a while back.
He did nominate her for Coonabarabran but then realised she was going to good for that Bush Fire Appeal meeting and their $80000 races. The $25,000 on offer with the Graziers Class 2 was well within her reach he thought – and he was proven correct.
He trains the lightly-raced four-year-old for Charlie Cropper at Gundawang Stud near Mudgee.
“He’s had a few good horses with me, Sage Of Omaha and a couple of others,” Mark Mason said.
“She was always going to make a nice filly. Just taken my time with her. Her mother ran in the Golden Slipper and won at Moonee Valley.”
She was the second progeny of Lonhro to win on the day after Wyong gelding Centabeel scored a grinding win in the Richos/Cameron Martin Fertiliser Services Benchmark 55 Handicap (1700m).
Greg Ryan also rode him, beating Ian Cook’s Zar Express by a half head with Robert Knight’s Cabriole a length and three quarter away third.
“Only had him the four runs,” Allan Kehoe said of the seven-year-old son of Lohnro who notched win number six at his 40th start Friday.
“Backed off him after I took him to Tamworth for that washed out race last week.”