Panuara’s peak: Alison Smith tastes maiden success at Wellington

HOME AND HOSED: Panuara saluting for Alison Smith at Wellington on Monday. Photo: RACING NSW

HOME AND HOSED: Panuara saluting for Alison Smith at Wellington on Monday. Photo: RACING NSW

ORANGE trainer Alison Smith tasted success at Wellington on Monday when Panuara saluted in the 900-metre maiden plate.

Coming off a four-week spell, jockey Chris Williams had the $4.60 chance prominent throughout the day’s first race before the five-year-old gelding kicked clear in the closing stages to down Vaguely Related by the better part of a length, with the Brett Thompson-trained Algeroba not far away in third.

It was a case of third time lucky for Panuara, with its only other two starts – at Dubbo in April and Narromine last month – producing midfield finishes.

Monday’s victory takes the gelding’s career prizemoney to more than $11,000 for owners.

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