FORMER Bathurst mare Sticky Danish was set to return to the Goulburn stable of Sarah Murray-Leslie this week but Narromine trainer Kylie Kennedy might have a rethink of that strategy after the five-year-old won at Tyers Park yesterday.
The daughter of California Dane out of Sticky Blue has been in Kennedy's care for the last few months to try and get the mare away from the persistently wet conditions at Murray-Leslie's stable.
If her run yesterday was anything to go by though, she should stick it out in Narromine for a while longer.Having set the early pace and battled for the lead with Drop Of Magic ($4.50), Sticky Danish ($7.80) looked to have been squeezed out of contention mid-way through the run up the home straight in the Fillies and Mares Benchmark 55 Handicap (1200 metres).
Looking all but gone, suddenly she was given a second wind and under the guidance of apprentice Winona Costin, the five-year-old suddenly produced a stunning burst of speed as a perfect run opened up, and she sped away to win by a couple of lengths.
"I thought she was going to go backwards for a while there, and after the way she ran at Narromine last week I wasn't expecting her to kick on the way she did. She's in season at the moment and put in a really bad race that day," Kennedy said.
"Sarah Murray-Leslie had her but they got a fair bit of rain down there at her stable so she sent her to me at Narromine where it has been a bit drier. I was supposed to send her back this week but there might be a change of plans now!
"Winona is a good little jockey, she has shown that plenty of times before."
There was some drama early on when Carinda Girl, trained by Bathurst local Paul Theobald, was scratched after failing the pre-race vet exam only seconds before the race was due to start.
When the gates opened, Sticky Danish was the first to get a lead on the rest of the pack only to be pushed aside by Drop Of Magic who squeezed past the leader and took over the pacemaking.
There was no change at the front for the next 600 metres but they were joined by $2.90 favourite Feesforus who looked the biggest danger as they hit the bend.
At that point it looked like settling into a battle between Feesforus and Drop Of Magic with Sticky Danish getting pushed out the back while some of the back-markers began to queue up for a shot at the finish.
With a few hundred metres to go, Costin and her mount got a second wind and made a charge around through the middle of the field the instant a gap opened up, putting half a length on the favourite as they hit the line.Feesforus ran a nice second, while Glamour Rock ($7.40) rounded out the trifecta.
It was the eighth win of Sticky Danish's career from 39 starts.