IT'S a long way from bustling Flemington but champion trainer Brett Bellamy and two of his best clients were happy to see warm $3 favourite Shades Of Sequalo win at Coffs Harbour yesterday.
Owned by Peter Wood and Ross White and ridden by apprentice Kasie Stanley, the mare backed up quickly after running second at Ballina last Saturday and despite dropping back from the 1010m to 800m, she gave nothing else a chance down the straight.
First up on October 12, the horse ran third to promising sprinter Djerassi and the Bellamy stable was confident of success this time.
"It's always big for them to walk over the road to get onto the park," Bellamy said.
"But she came up nice from Ballina and all I had to do was give her a walk and let her potter around.
"She drew the good gate and going out today against a lot of inexperienced horses I thought she had the form on the board and was good enough to win."
Bellamy always believed winning a TAB day maiden wasn't beyond his charge but had difficulty finding a suitable race until this half mile scamper came along.
"Taking the 3kg allowance off for Kasie was an extra bonus and she knew where the winning post was, where the others probably didn't," Bellamy said.
"She's hasn't had a lot of luck during her racing career but now that it's all come together, it may give her confidence and she'll kick on to win better class races."
The start was delayed when Bowraville-trained Snipping The Moment put on a performance getting into the barrier but Shannon Fry's filly flew the boxes and Shades Of Sequalo was able to get a good trail to the corner.
"She jumped away nice and I had no trouble getting a sit," apprentice Stanley said. "When I asked her to go she responded and won with something in hand."
There was an eye-catching gallop from runner-up Polskie Prince having its first start for local trainer Joe Janiak and a win in coming weeks would not surprise.