Local trainer/driver Simone Walker and CHRC committee member Georgina Coram were rewarded for their perseverance when My Forgotten Hero saluted in the Mecca Property Styling Pace at Yarra Valley on Friday afternoon.
The victory was just six-year-old gelding’s second win in 36 starts but that didn’t bother the girls who have been friends for what seems like an eternity.
My Forgotten Hero was confidently driven by Walker who had no hesitation in making a mid-race move to sit outside the leader before outstaying her rivals over the 2,150-metre trip. The winner has been racing consistently lately and looked well suited in a race which brought together a modest field of C0-C1 assessed horses.
“He really has been a difficult horse to get going,” Coram explained after the win. “He didn’t start racing until well into his four-year-old season and Simone really only took him on for me as a last resort after a couple of failed attempts with other pre-trainers/trainers.”
“He was just so immature as a younger horse and even now, it’s really only been in his past four or five runs that he has started to race more genuinely.”
My Forgotten Hero will have his next start at Warragul this Sunday before venturing to his home track on Sunday 30 December when the Cranbourne Cub hosts its popular Kids Day Out race meeting.
Earlier in the day Iona trainer Michael Hughes produced an impressive first-up winner when Jannys Dream won the United Petroleum Trotters Handicap on debut.
A half-sister to both Zoes Dream and Sashas Dream who raced from the Hughes barn, Jannys Dream settled in the perfect trail from her front row draw and ran down the short-priced favourite Gap Year to score.
Hughes has only had the four-year-old mare in his care for a short time and the win continues a strong start to the season for the astute horseman who has recorded eight wins from just 39 starters since 1 September.
By David Scott
Photo: Claire Weston Photography