By Mark Brassel
Local trainer Scott Singleton claimed his biggest career win in front of his home crowd when Shazee Lee powered home to win the $200,000 Group 3 Blacktown Workers Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m).
The mare, sent out as one of the roughies at $51, finished hard to win by a neck from Prompt Response ($11) with Salsonic ($26) flashing home for third a nose away.
Left: Jay Ford guides Shazee Lee home in a popular win by the local mare. Image by - Steve Hart Photographics
"This is very special as Hawkesbury has been my home," Singleton said. "I remember being a five-year-old and hanging around the bull ring here so I go back a fair way," the 33-year-old said.
"This mare can run some very fast sectionals and it was a perfect ride by Jay [Ford] to be in the position to let rip at the 200m."
Shazee Lee had won a qualifier of the Provincial Championships before running seventh in the Final at Royal Randwick.
"She copped a check in the race and wasn't suited on the heavy ground; the dry track today was much more up her alley," Singleton said.
Shazee Lee is owned by her breeder, Dr Max Kowalczuk, who has owned many horses over a long period of time.