With storms raging in Sydney, the Central Coast and Hunter Regions, it was METUNG PENNY's turn to make the trek north to the Port Macquarie races to make hay where the sun shined ... and she did just that. The four-year-old mare by Pendragon out of the Reset mare Metung Ruby produced a very solid performance to win her race in fine style, in doing so, broke her maiden status. The drop back in distance from her previous start over 2100 metres to 1500 metres and a little tinkering of her gear has suited the horse and Scott feels that METUNG PENNY's penny has finally dropped.
From the start it was the intention to drop out the back and let her settle, this was the case. After going 150 metres, her jockey Kevin May took hold of the $3.00 favourite easing her back to the rear of the nine horse field. Still rearward passing the 1000 metre mark and twelve lengths off the leader Little Hulla and travelling sweetly, Kevin was planning his moves to give METUNG PENNY every opportunity of success.
With the 600 metre post fast approaching, horse and rider were now eight lengths off the pace and saving valuable ground along the fence. At that stage the daughter of Pendragon was coming into the race nicely, just before the home turn she was angled off the rail to give her some galloping room which the mare appreciated and powered through a gap ahead of her. Keeping his mount's mind on the job, Kevin and METUNG PENNY were two lengths in front 150 metres from home and motoring.
At the close of business, the winning margin was three and a half lengths, Timing's Essential took second place with Jovatico finishing third. The time taken to run the journey was 1:33.51 covering the last 600 metres in 39.21 seconds. For their patience and allowing Scott and his team to get that first win on the board for their mare, we wish to thank the owners, M.J. Walker, G.W. Fletcher, G.R. Stewart, W.R. Lisson, J.C. Hyland, T. Tuktaki, Mrs R.J. Robinson, A Caruso and Ms J. C. Symons and look forward to ongoing successes with METUNG PENNY.