Jockey Rachael Murray says the key to riding Tully Ho is letting the mare do what she wants and that philosophy was clearly evident at the Tamworth Jockey Club on Monday.
The five-year-old won the Turkey Hatching Class 3 Handicap with a front-running effort in the 1000-metre race.
Tully Ho looked to fight Scarlet’s Choice for the lead early before dropping off and settling.
However, the mare didn’t stay settled in that spot for long. Tully Ho went forward again to take back the lead just before the bend and never let go of it.
The mare sustained her run down the straight and held on in front of Magic Gracie who surged late to miss by a quarter of a length.
“She ran a good race. Great ride by Rachael, she’s the only one who really knows how to ride this horse,” Coonabarabran trainer Graham Watts told Thoroughbred Central after the race.
Watts also owns Tully Ho who has now picked up four winner’s cheques from 29 starts.
Murray has ridden the five-year-old in six of those races and it was the first time the jockey and horse had combined for a win.
“I love her to pieces,” Murray told Thoroughbred Central.
“She’s a really temperamental horse and you just have to let her do whatever she wants.
“If you sit on her as quiet as a mouse she runs like that every time.”