BY RAKTI (GB) x INSTANT (AUS) [PREGO (IRE)]
Ayce finally scores
The Stawell Times-News, 11 September, 2012
STAWELL - She's Ayce finally broke through for Geelong-based trainer Tony Parker with victory in the Hennessy Park Stables Maiden Plate at Stawell
After 10 starts that included seven seconds and three thirds, She's Ayce was a well-deserved favourite heading into the race.
Settling on the pace after a good start, She's Ayce raced prominently throughout with Robert Smerdon's Cue Sea
and the Terry and Karina O'Sullivan-trained Our Rosella.
Sitting third at the 600 metre mark, jockey James Winks decided to make a move, gaining a dream run on the inside to steer She's Ayce into a winning position.
With 250 metres to go the five
year old mare hit the front and held her nerve to win by a long neck, denying Darren Weir and Brad Rawiller their second win for the afternoon with Uno Whats finishing a close second.
Parker admitted he held his breath in the home straight for a while,
but was pleased to see She's Ayce go one better this time.
Part-owner Scharlaine Cairns said she also thought the mare was pipped at the post.
'I was very relieved she wasn't. She's a good horse,' Miss Cairns said.
Despite missing out on a win
so many times, Miss Cairns remained positive.
'You can't complain with that many seconds. I'm happy with the experience,' she said.
She's Ayce comes from a fine background - the mare is a half-sister to six year old Cross Street, who is also trained
by Parker and won at Stawell twice late last year.