Ahhhh... she finally gets up!
Jun 25, 2015
It has taken a while for the talented Ahhhh to break through for her first win but it was worth the wait as she attacked the line in determined fashion at Pakenham on Thursday.
Appreciating the step up to 1580m, Ahhhh travelled nicely for Mark Zahra and once into clear running she was strong home, on the line having 1 3/4 lengths on her rivals with plenty in hand.
"That was a relief," said Michael Kent who was surprised that it had taken Ahhhh nine starts to win her maiden.
"She has been a frustration," he admitted, adding that she has taken a while to mature mentally - "she has been really slow on the uptake."
"But we were getting into her a bit at her first few starts whilst now we are leaving her where she wants to be and her runs have been a lot more genuine since she has been ridden that way."
Held up at her last two runs, Ahhhh is better with clear running - "she needs to be able to build up momentum," Kent said.
Riding the three-year-old for the first time, Zahra said that he was confident throughout - "she travelled well and put them away pretty quickly."
Racing in the all black colours of Rick Jamieson, Ahhhh is a $150,000 Easter graduate by Lonhro (pictured) out of the Gr.2 winning Thorn Park mare Te Akau Coup.
Bred by Canning Downs, she hails from the same female line - that of the prolific matriarch Frizette - as Jamieson's recently retired multiple Group winner Epingle.