For the third year in a row, Hawkesbury will have at least two representatives in the $400,000 Provincial Championships Final.
Scott Singleton and Jason Attard will have their first runners in the 1400m final at Royal Randwick on 8 April following today’s second $150,000 qualifier of the 2017 series on their home track.
In an all roughies finish on heavy ground, Singleton scored with $21 chance Shazee Lee (Christian Reith) and Attard finished third with $17 chance, the unlucky Reiby Rampart (Glyn Schofield).
Singleton, Hawkesbury’s leading trainer, clinched the biggest win of his career and in the process notched his 20th success this season.
Shazee Lee’s victory boosted Singleton’s earnings so far this season to $583,910, and he is now within sight of a record season in terms of prizemoney.
His horses earned nearly $650,000 last season, whilst his most number of winners (34) in a season came in 2014-15.
Singleton afterwards paid tribute to both his brother Dean and his staff.
“Dean is a great trackwork rider and said this filly (Shazee Lee) works like a Group horse,” he said.
“We put our heads down to try to get her right and decided to ride her quiet. “I think that has made the difference at her last two starts because her closing sectionals were excellent when second leading up to this race.
“I’m really proud of my staff to get the filly as good as we had her today. They have done a great job.”
Fellow Hawkesbury trainer Attard rued Reiby Rampart’s luckless run and feels the roomy Randwick track will suit her ideally in the 8 April final.
Reiby Rampart had trouble securing a clear run in the straight, which did not come until near the 100m and she then closed off strongly.
However, nothing could be taken away from Shazee Lee, who also had to overcome difficulties. She was badly held up approaching the home turn and early in the straight before running down her rivals.