TEN Shillings paid her way at Tamworth on Saturday when the white and black bitch continued her return from injury with a second successive win in the On Course TAB Stakes (457m).
After a first-up fifth at Tamworth, she won at Gunnedah last week and was a two-and-a-half length winner over Arthur’s Gift last start.
“She’s just coming back,” Curlewis trainer June Lanesbury said.
“We had her in a TAB meeting at Gunnedah on June. She won her heat but in the final she broke her toe. We’ve had her out since then.”
Her first run back was at Tamworth on the 15th and Lanesbury admitted she’s come back better than she expected.
“She’s better now than when I first got her,” she said.
That was in about April.
Saturday’s win was also her first at Tamworth.
Jumping from the inside, she found the front early in the race but didn’t have it all her own way, with Annie’s Wynmore (Rosalie McIvor) challenging her for the lead.
But just before the final turn the yellow dog copped a knock and fell back.
Ten Shillings kicked on and held off a strong-finishing Arthur’s Gift (Mark Munn).
Pedro Express (Stephen Howarth) was third another 4 1/4 lengths back.
“She missed the kick a little bit, but I thought she might,” Lanesbury said.
“She gets excited.”
But she said once she gets in front she goes.
“Even at Gunnedah she got hampered but when she got the room she just took off,” she said.
The plan now is to build some fitness into her and then try her on one of the bigger tracks.
“She’s really a 600+ (metres) bitch,” Lanesbury said.
“We’ll get her fit to run a 6 or 700.”
“That’s what she was running before we got her.”
Lanesbury was also in the money with See Bee in the Volunteer’s Appreciation.
The black bitch was a seven length third to Alderley Fashion (John Eather).
Coonamble and Moree also raced on Saturday and race again today.