Bathurst, located in the western region of New South Wales was once again a happy hunting ground for Singleton Racing with their only stable representative SPINNING DAWN achieving success first up after being off the scene for over five months.

The ever-consistent son of Spinning World has been in the top five finishing positions for all but two of his thirteen starts, stamped his maiden win with so much authority that left the other runners heads spinning.

The second race of the day, the Schweppes 3yo And Up Maiden Plate, saw a field of twelve runners with SPINNING DAWN being the most favoured by punters throughout betting, opening at $2.50 and easing slightly to $2.80 at race time.

The 1200 metres start is located at the junction of the 1400 metres chute and the course proper, with a straight run of around 400 metres to the first bend, which is a tight one.

With this in mind, jockey Kevin May didn't bustle his mount too much after missing the kick somewhat allowing SPINNING DAWN to steadily make ground settling in fifth position, one off the fence, approaching the first turn at the 800 metres mark.

At this stage the three-year-old gelding was nicely into his rhythm, maintaining his spot comfortably and Kevin ensuring his horse had clear running room ahead.

Turning for home and into the straight, the race was on, SPINNING DAWN under the urgings of her jockey, was gaining momentum with every stride and 200 metres from the winning post the margin was two lengths to the rest of the field.

A couple of slaps of the whip from the 150 metres ... the job was done. Hoffa Express finished solidly to take second placing in a photo finish from the Canberra trained Little Chief in the time of 1:11.56.

The owners, M A and Mrs E W Kowalczuk, A J, D A and Mrs J Tobin, M P Dengate and T W Ryan had even more reason to celebrate with the win of SPINNING DAWN earning them an additional $5000 prizemoney courtesy of the BOBS scheme.

Our congratulations go to all the owners and we thank you for your support and patience. Now that your horse has recorded his first victory, there will be more to come, especially as the distance of his races increase.