Desired All The More - Forbidden Jewel
It's been a long time coming, just over twelve months in fact, for the three-year old filly by Fastnet Rock out of Illicitly named FORBIDDEN JEWEL to notch up her second victory from ten starts and as a result, she is now a much more desirable commodity.
The venue was Quirindi, located in the Hunter North West region of the state, having avoided alot of the bad weather that coastal New South Wales had received recently the track rating was good with clear autumn skies prevailing.
In order for his charge to perform to his expectation, Scott had once again made some critical changes to the filly's gear, noticably the removal of blinkers and the application of winkers appears to have provided the desired result.
After below-par performances at her previous two starts (Warwick Farm and Hawkesbury) FORBIDDEN JEWEL was taking on a weaker grade at the country track and was expected to run well.
Jockey Kevin May was given the ride, one of three for the day for our stable.
The filly was steady in the betting throughout starting second favourite at $5.00.
From her wide barrier (12) FORBIDDEN JEWEL jumped well and was positioned just behind the early leaders but wide.
Knowing that it was almost 400 metres to the first bend from the 1600 metres start, Kevin didn't panic, allowing his horse to make ground steadily, allbeit wide, whilst doing it comfortably.
Just prior to the 1100 metres mark, the duo were travelling along in the lead and steadying the pace ... time for a breather.
Approaching the 600 metres the opposition began applying some pressure by moving up on her outside, this was short-lived, when rider Kevin urged FORBIDDEN JEWEL along they found a couple of lengths and upon entering the home straight were setting sail for home.
With 200 metres to go, the filly was tiring, causing her to drift toward the middle of the track, her jockey took another hold on the reins in order to keep his mount alert, it had the right effect, the winning margin ... a long neck to the second placed horse, the $2.80 favourite Helnho trained by Kris Lees and absolutely sprouting wings from the tail of the field finishing third was Topending a further length away.
The 1600 metres distance of the race was covered in 1:39.03.
Congratulations to the patient owners Mr R Panovski, members of the Harwood family, Mr P T Walker, Mr J G Herden, Mr A Campbell and Mr G Finnie, also to Kevin May for "riding the track" the way it needs to be ridden and finally to Scott "The Tinkerer" for coming up with the right mix of gear assisting FORBIDDEN JEWEL in getting the job done.