Quick thinking by jockey Billy Egan helped land the Wimmera’s top two-year-old event for Stawell trainers Terry and Karina O’Sullivan last Saturday.
She’s Our Gift was sent out a $6 chance in the Weir’s IGA Donald 2YO Classic (1200m) on the back of a fading fourth in a rich VOBIS event at the Warrnambool carnival.
She’s Our Gift showed good speed after the start, but was caught wide with no cover. Egan took the initiative and rolled straight to the lead.
Slipped a bit of leather, the daughter of All American was able to dictate the terms and established a good margin on her rivals turning for home, seemingly catching them napping.
The filly proved far too slick, scoring a comfortable win by a length and a half.
She’s Our Gift is proving a good money-spinner for connections, winning two races and $76,025 from five starts.
Another Stawell trainer on the winners list at Donald was Dane Smith, with Morocco Road in the Hardingham’s Plumbing and Electrical 0-58 Handicap (1620m).
Stawell-based apprentice Jessica Eaton retained the ride on the four-year-old after a last-start third and settled him a little worse than midfield.
In a winning move Eaton set the Court of Jewels gelding alight before the turn, making ground rapidly.
Morocco Road showed plenty of dash in the straight, fighting hard to score a three-quarter-length win.