If ever there was a name synonymous with talent and the power to perform it has to be CAMBAGE as endorsed at Hawkesbury yesterday 26th November 2016.
The three-year-old bay filly in recording her second win in succession had to overcome the jump in class from a Maiden to a Class 2, an increase in distance, 1600 to 2100 metres and an eight day backup from her previous run ... not a problem for this big girl.
It should also be noted that the benefits of being hands-on with your horses came to the fore as Scott had identified that CAMBAGE had come through her last run in fine fettle, well enough to convince the astute trainer that his filly could handle the challenge.
In the betting market CAMBAGE was kept under scrutiny due to her impressive win at her last start, however after opening at $5 her price eased out to $8.50 at jump time. The filly was allocated 54.0 kgs, Jess Taylor declared the jockey and in the field of only six runners the pair had drawn barrier five.
After the barriers opened, CAMBAGE had jumped well and it was then Jess decided to travel in a forward position.
In fact the pair, loping along in front, led until approaching the 1000 metres mark when Jess allowed another runner, Double Bluff, draw alongside and eventually let that horse go along with the Kristen Buchanan trained Dr Kimble which took over second position.
With the pace slackening slightly, Jess and her mount eased remaining on the fence running third.
Prior to the turn for home the front runners had upped the tempo with Jess niggling at CAMBAGE to keep in touch.
Around the bend and into the straight, the duo were directly behind the leader Dr Kimble which was drifting outward.
Passing the 350 metres CAMBAGE stumbled marginally and as a result Jess had to balance up again before steering her horse into a gap that had appeared to their inside, two horses off the rail.
It was a winning move, the pair now had open spaces in front of them. With 200 metres to go under the urgings of her jockey, the daughter of Haradasun maintained her pace and drew level on the inside of the leader Dr Kimble.
Full of running and under no real pressure, CAMBAGE went on to win by three quarters of a length, the time taken to run the trip was 2:08.59. Dr Kimble held on well for second with the odds on favourite Spanish Stride ($1.80) finishing on to take third after being 15 lengths off the pack early.
That was a fine display of talent by all concerned, Horse, Trainer, Jockey and the Team at Singleton Racing.
It would be fair to say that this filly has untapped potential ... what will the future hold ?.