SHAMAGRA rediscovered her best form to blitz a good field in Monday's Corey’s Catering Class 3 Handicap (1200m) at Tamworth.
The best she’s ever finished it off
The Leon Davies-trained mare was perfectly rated by Darren Jones, who was able to sit back and let Miss Zarelle streak clear around the back.
As the field gathered in the frontrunner Jones was able to sit and sprint the final 300m to snare an easy one and half length win.
Until today Armidale had been a happy hunting ground for the daughter of Domesday with Tamworth an unlucky home track often raced without cover.
“The pace suited her down to the ground,” Darren Jones told Leon Davies partner Mel Dennett on dismounting.
“The best she’s ever finished it off.”
It was also a big day for Nicole Coombes who strapped two winners.
“She’s never strapped a winner,” Mel Dennett said. “Her younger brother Colless (Coombes) is our apprentice too and he rides her work.”
The 14-year-old apprentice, who weighs 44kg, has been working for Davies for around six months and has continued to mature with a riding career well in sight.
Shamagra also has plenty in sight, Mel Dennett reckoned.
“She’s taken a while to mature but that’s the Domesday in her I think. That’s why we’ve sent Maybegrey to Domesday, we like this mare.”