Connections of long-time maiden Pinkeyes Pride were rewarded for their perseverance when she finally broke through at her 43rd outing at Devonport last Sunday.
The John Luttrell-trained daughter of Elvstroem settled handy before scraping home under four-kilo claimer Scarlet So in the open age maiden plate over 1350 metres.
The five-year-old mare hadn’t been far away in a similar affair at her previous run and had support at long odds, firming from $31 to $21.
Craig Newitt (pictured right) edged closer in his quest for 100 Tasmanian winners in a season with a double at the meeting.
He opened his account aboard the Shirley Berger-prepared Miss Mamosa who enjoyed a box-seat trail before taking the day’s opener, a Class 1 handicap over 900 metres.
The leading hoop went on to bookend the meeting when coming from worse than midfield on the John Blacker-trained Cunning Fox for a narrow win in the benchmark 68 handicap over 1880 metres.
Newitt (94 wins) will now need to notch doubles at each of the remaining three meetings to crack the ton.
Siggy shines again
Siggy Carr shared riding honours, notching her second brace of wins in as many weeks.
She kicked off with the Scott Brunton-trained The Sword who followed his last-start maiden win with a Class 1 victory over 1350 metres. The Sword raced on pace throughout.
Carr completed her double on John Blacker’s charge Blackberry Rose who took the maiden/Class 1 plate over 1650 metres.
It was a clever ride by Carr as the daughter of West Quest is best known as a backmarker. But noting a lack of pace she elected to press forward and the three-year-old filly was able to lead throughout over the heavily supported favourite With No Name.