In a gold medal-winning performance at Hawkesbury yesterday 18th November 2016 the three year-old bay filly, daughter of Haradasun, CAMBAGE emulated her namesake Liz Cambage of Australian Womens Basketball fame by taking out race seven of the day the Ironbark Distillery Maiden Handicap (1600m).
Purchased by Scott, who definitely has an eye for a bargain, at the 2015 Inglis Scone Select Yearling Sale, CAMBAGE is the first living foal out of the Flying Spur mare Olympiad.
A winner at only her fifth race start, the tall rangy filly (just like Liz) showed she's got what it takes overcoming her wide barrier, being on the pace, overcoming greenness and possessing a fighting spirit.
One of our regular jockeys Jess Taylor was declared to ride, CAMBAGE was allocated 55.5kgs and she would jump from barrier 10 out the field of 12 runners.
Shortly after the start, CAMBAGE was into a nice stride and out in the middle of the track with Jess having the intention of crossing the field thus gaining a nice position close to the fence.
By the time the pair had travelled five hundred metres Jess had allowed one horse, Oz Picasso, to crossover in front of her and was happy to take a sit behind that horse, running second.
Getting along at a good steady gallop, CAMBAGE remained in that position one off the fence with clear running room ahead. With 500 metres to go Jess began to apply a little pressure to her mount fully aware that she'd take a bit of urging to pick up the pace and get going.
Around the home bend and balanced, 350 metres from home, CAMBAGE was gaining momentum and drawing up outside the leader with Jess maintaining her rhythm.
After ducking out marginally when the pressure was on, Jess was able to straighten her horse and went to the post full of running ... a winner at the juicy odds of $16.
Just Two Vees, trained by Jamie Thomsen also based at Hawkesbury, got up for second after getting to the line nicely out wide.
Congratulations all round to CAMBAGE, the team also to trainer Scott, purchaser, owner and trainer, it was great to see your colours back in the winners stall at your home track.
Of course we mustn't forget the great ride by Jess. All things considered, there's a bright future ahead for your filly and look forward to her saluting the judge again soon.