The three-year-old bay filly CONCESSIONS, by Tickets, a son of Redoute's Choice, out of the Beautiful Crown mare, Last Dollars, proved that she was just the ticket in winning the first race on the card at the Hawkesbury Race Club meeting held on Saturday 3rd September 2016.
It was the third race start for CONCESSIONS after her two previous runs at Wyong and Kembla Grange over 1100 metres and 1400 metres respectively.
The filly was stepping up to the 1600 metres and trainer Scott was confident the distance would really suit, albeit on a heavy track that was a 9 rating.
Yusuke Ichikawa was declared as the jockey, CONCESSIONS was to carry 55.0 kilograms and had drawn one barrier from the outside in the field of seven runners.
From the jump, Yusuke let his mount settle into the race and was just off midfield over the first couple of hundred metres.
To the 1400 metres mark and CONCESSIONS was travelling nicely with her rider, after a peep or two over his right shoulder, easing her over to the inside in fourth position.
It remained that way until 800 metres from home when Yusuke began to urge his mount along, hugging the rail.
At the 600 metres the tempo was increasing with the Gai Waterhouse – Adrian Bott trained Audacious Choice leading the way as it had done from the outset with CONCESSIONS parked just behind the front runner.
Shortly after rounding the home turn, balanced up and heading for home, her rivals in front peeled of the rail and Yusuke quickly put CONCESSIONS into that gap and was asking her to quicken.
With 200 metres to go, the pair were vying for the lead and travelling like the winners.
Yusuke maintained his horse's rhythm and kept his filly's mind on the job.
CONCESSIONS was declared the victor by a long neck to Audacious Choice, who stuck on well with Lasqueti Spirit finishing in third.
The time for the race was 1-38.36 coming home the last 600 metres in only 34.62 ... not a bad sectional for a Heavy 9 track.
It was a great thrill for all of the owners, especially Wal and Anne Lanham who bred and have retained the majority of ownership in the filly, as they have with the dam's other progeny.
Congratulations to Scott, proving again that a close affiliation with his horses pays dividends, producing yet another winner.
We really look forward to the filly's next preparation.
A final footnote ... CONCESSIONS's starting price ... $61 with as much as $88 being paid by one of the betting organisations.