Wagga trainer Fiona Schneiders went within a whisker of a winning double at Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Friday.
Schneiders enjoyed her first win since November 2015 as Sun Wu proved too good in the second division of the Pieper Plumbing & Roofing Maiden Plate (1200m) at just his fourth race start.
Sun Wu ($7.50), a $100,000 yearling by Snitzel, was picked up at a tried horse sale by Schneiders and dug deep in the straight to defeat Katatonic ($6.50) and Supalux ($2.60).
“He’s a very interesting horse,” Schneiders told Sky Racing after the race.
“He’s a lazy track worker, you think he’s hopeless then he goes out and actually wins a race. He never wastes any energy in his track work, he’s so laid back.
“I’m very happy with him and glad I stuck with him.”
Schneiders’ day almost got a lot better when Midnight Jumper ($51 loomed up in the next race, only to be beaten a short half head in the Robbo’s Sand & Track Hire Maiden Handicap (1600m).
Searching for his first win at his 57th race start, Midnight Jumper was nabbed on the line by the George Dimitropoulos-trained Iron Stride ($21.00).
Michael Heagney rode Sun Wu to victory, while Michael Travers won on Iron Stride.