Jenny's tickled pink

WINNING breeds confidence in racehorses and trainers, insists Port Macquarie horsewoman Jenny Graham.

And after two wins on the trot, the confidence level of Graham and four-year-old gelding Homenow is sky high.

Tomorrow the pair will look for a hat-trick of wins with recent stable acquisition Homenow tackling the Tarraray Pet Retreat Benchmark 65 Handicap (1909m) on Pink Silk Ladies Day.

“Confidence is s great thing for horse and trainer,” Graham said.

“And there’s no doubt winning races gives you confidence. As a trainer when things are going good and you’re confident, it’s easier to make the right decisions.

“It’s the same with horses. When a horse is confident they can keep taking that next step up and Homenow is certainly doing that.

“He’s going great. I’m hoping he can improve further, how much, I don’t really know but each time I’ve raised the bar he’s responded.

“Winning races is giving him confidence, helping the horse and me too.”

Graham was contacted in September last year and asked if she would train Homenow, who was a maiden after 11 starts.

Owned by Dale and Di George and Malcolm and Sue Williams, Homenow had her first start for Graham over 1200m at Coffs Harbour on October 23 finishing fourth to Foundtrish.

Since entering the stable, Graham, after monitoring Homenow’s work patterns, was keen to step the Home On The Grange gelding up in distance.

A second to Power Quest over 1500m at Coffs Harbour on November 19 was followed by dual wins over 1500m at Port Macquarie on November 30 and 2018m at Taree last start (December 20) in a Benchmark 60 Handicap.

“He really dug deep at Taree,” Graham said.

“It was his first time over a longer trip and he handled it really well. He’s an easy horse to train and genuinely hit’s the line. That‘s where you want them doing their best work.

“I’ve always thought in his work he’d be competitive over a trip and he’s responding well since getting over a bit of ground. Sunday is another step up in grade but the horse has pulled up real well since Taree and I’ve been happy with his work. It’s never easy winning three in a row but we’re all hoping Homenow can step up to the mark again.”

Coffs Harbour trainer Brett Dodson has a strong chance of a win today when Backstabber runs at the Gold Coast in the Magic Millions Sprint.

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