Sovereign Default breaks her long-running maiden with a photo finish

ALL SMILES: Michael Plummer trained Sovereign Default to her first win at Dubbo on Saturday.

ALL SMILES: Michael Plummer trained Sovereign Default to her first win at Dubbo on Saturday.

What’s the old saying? Thirty-ninth time lucky?

Not quite, but that’s exactly the case for Michael Plummer and his five-year-old Sovereign Default after the bay mare stormed wide to break a long-running maiden at Dubbo on Saturday.

Having run in 38 starts with just three second and four thirds to her name, Plummer’s mare flew wide in the Western Star VIP Lounge Maiden Plate over 1310 metres to stun the field and jag win number one for her career.

Sovereign Default paid $9.50 for the win, edging The Iceman ($5) by a nose with pre-race favourite Knight’s Honour ($3.20) third nearly two lengths back.

At the barriers, Nothingbutadreamer was beaten out by Little Leena as the race charged down the back straight at the Dubbo Turf Club.

PHOTO FINISH: Sovereign Default (yellow) edges The Iceman for first place in the second at Dubbo on Saturday.

PHOTO FINISH: Sovereign Default (yellow) edges The Iceman for first place in the second at Dubbo on Saturday.

Rounding the bend, Little Leena maintained her lead as the race neared the 1000m shoot but it was Brett Thompson’s Starlight Treaty that drew up alongside the fast-starting Garry Bignell trained mare.

Thompson’s gelding attacked the outside and looked likely as the main threat to an impressive run by Little Leena, but as the field hit the straight, and spread, Plummer’s mare and the experienced Anthony Carvallo made their move to eventually win in a photo finish.