Real Calm put in a gritty display to claim the Tocumwal Cup for the second time in three years on Saturday.
Coming from the widest draw, the Kym Davison-trained mare worked for way to the lead before having to sustain plenty of pressure on the way to victory.
Headed at the top of the straight, Real Calm ($5.50) fought on stoutly to win to defeat Mywordsaidthebird ($5.50) a neck.
Davison was pleased with the tough display.
“One or two actually got about half a length in front but she fought back,” Davison said.
“It was quite a strong win.
“It was a real gutsy effort as just on straightening a couple got past and she fought back on the rails, got her neck back in front and held them off.”
While a significant drop in class, the win was a big improvement on her last effort at Albury.
Real Calm finished 14th in the City Handicap over the Albury Gold Cup carnival before the Tocumwal feature.
Davison still isn’t sure what was behind the poor effort
“She was disappointing (at Albury),” he said.
“She run a nice race first up then was disappointing in the City Handicap.
“Whether she was in season that day as it was the first time she’s been cranky going out track and she just didn’t race like her normal self.
“We’ve kept an eye on her and she’s always had feet problems so we played around with her feet a little bit as she was a lot happier on Saturday and performed well.”
It backed up her success in the same race two seasons ago.
Davison is now considering a tilt at the Queen Of The South with the six-year-old over the Wagga Gold Cup carnival.
He’s also set Overdue for the Murrumbidgee Turf Club’s biggest race and he will race in the cup prelude on Sunday.
Overdue was third in the Albury Gold Cup last month before missing out on his chance in the Gundagai Cup.