Hawkesbury trainer Garry White believes there will be plenty to “write home about” in future with Letter To Juliette.
White made the prediction after his lightly-raced Dane Shadow filly had clinched a breakthrough success on her home track yesterday. A clever Tim Clark ride got Letter To Juliette ($4.20) home in the Richmond Club Metro & Provincial Maiden Handicap (1500m).
Clark sensibly ensured the filly always had front-runner Sacred Edge ($7.50) in her sights, then hit the front in the closing stages and held out the finish of Sensacova ($6).
It was Letter To Juliette’s sixth start, and White wisely chose yesterday’s event to lift his filly into the winning list.
The Metro & Provincial Maiden carried a $40,000 purse - $10,000 more than standard provincial prizemoney.
“I thought it was the right race for her,” White said afterwards. “And Tim rode her well. He kept her in touch when Sacred Edge got an easy lead, and I knew she would keep coming at the end.
“I believe she has a bright future, and will handle longer distances.”
White freshened Letter To Juliette after she had finished sixth to Just Two Vees in a Hawkesbury Maiden (1800m) on May 18.
She had previously finished second to Eerised in a 2000m Benchmark 60 Handicap - also on her home track – nine days earlier. Letter To Juliette won a 1250m barrier trial on her home track on June 19 to ready her for yesterday’s assignment.
White has won six races at home this season for his long-standing client Grahame Mapp’s Hobartville Stud, and also the Listed South Pacific Classic (1400m) with Generalissimo at Royal Randwick on April 8 during The Championships.
Generalissimo then finished a luckless fifth to Shazee Lee in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) three weeks later before being rested.
Clark’s success on Letter To Juliette was the start of a Hawkesbury treble. He also won the next two races for trainer Gary Moore on favorites Hostwin Shadow ($3) and Risen ($2.10).
Moore also celebrated a great day at Hawkesbury by clinching a treble. After scoring with the former pair, he also won the Hawkesbury Living Cancer Trust Class 1 Handicap (1300m) with Josh Parr’s mount Hostwin Meraki ($5).
Moore took four horses to Hawkesbury, and all earned prizemoney. His other representative, Lucky Machu ($21), finished third in the Hawkesbury Race Club Motel 2YO Maiden Plate (1000m).