Filly debuts with Wang second

Photo by U. J. Alexander

Jerilderie filly Neverstandingstill made a promising start to her racetrack career with a second placing at Wangaratta.

The three year-old started $3.10 favourite in the Maiden Plate (1000m) following a four lengths win in Albury barrier trial.

In Due Time ($4) defeated Neverstandingstill by 2 and 3/4 lengths with Miss Piper third.

Neverstandingstill (Starcraft-Hong Kong Honey) is trained by Phil Sweeney and was ridden by Harry Coffey.

Hannah Edgley rode the winner for Seymour trainer David Bourne.

In Due Time was unplaced at Bendigo and Donald in June at her only previous starts.

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Echuca sprinters Bon Shadow and Was Written were minor placegetters at Wangaratta.

Both are trained by Gwenda Johnstone.

Bon Shadow ($26) came in third behind Real Gun and Otelo in the Benchmark 64 (1170m).

Lunar Hero ($2.40 favourite) beat Was Written ($5.50) by 1 and 1/4 lengths in the Benchmark 58 (1000m).

Lunar Hero was a last start third at Moonee Valley.

Was Written’s last start also resulted in a Wangaratta second.

The mare has had four runs this preparation and seems close to a win.

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Jacquinot is the horse to follow from the Caulfield Boxing Day meeting.

The colt staked a claim for the Blue Diamond Stakes with a dominant debut win.

The Rubick-Ponterro two year-old settled back in the field before powering home wide on the track.

Plans are for a short break before the Blue Diamond Prelude.

Marabi made it five wins from five starts in the Christmas Stakes, earning a ballot exemption for the Oakleigh Plate.

Stablemate Away Game was equally impressive in finishing second.

She carried 58.5kg topweight and conceded 4.5kg to Marabi.

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Follow – Jacquinot: Showed Group ability in a debut win at Caulfield.

● ● ● Coming winners: Away Game, second at Caulfield and a step up to 1200m will suit.

Russian Conquest, Randwick winner at second start.

Scorched Earth, lightly raced filly impressed when resuming at Flemington.