CARNIVAL Miss defied a big weight and heavy conditions by producing a superb finishing burst to salute at Wagga's race meeting on Saturday.
The Gary Colvin-trained mare ($12) looked destined to fall just short in the Law Advice Benchmark 50 Handicap (1200m), but sprouted wings over the final 100 metres to win by almost a length from Who Told Ya ($12), with another outsider Hamish The Swift ($21) almost a length further back in third.
It was a fine bounce back for the four-year-old mare, who backed up her maiden win at Wagga on August 26 with a disappointing midfield finish at Griffith on September 11.
Starting from a wide gate, jockey Jordan Mallyon produced a fine steer to settle Carnival Miss one off the fence with cover just behind the speed, before she proved too strong on the Heavy 9 track.
"I was a bit disappointed with her last time at Griffith, I don't think she handled that track. I expected her to go very well there, but it's a tight turning track," Colvin said.
"She's a big striding mare and being at her home track it's always an advantage. She went pretty good."
Colvin said her brilliant finish came as no surprise.
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"She does that, she grinds away and all of a sudden the last 100 she picks up and keeps coming. It's an advantage, she's got that good finish," he said.
"It was a good ride. We had a very sticky gate and had a lot of weight (60.5kg). I was also very wary of the wet track but she handled it well.
"When it's heavy you're always worried when you're carrying a bit of weight, but she was down a grade, having said that."
Colvin said Carnival Miss would shoot for a third win in four starts in the Class 2 race at Wagga on October 16, before she likely goes for a spell.
The shortest priced favourite of the meeting, the Chris Heywood-trained Fifty Carats ($1.45), had to battle hard to win the Fabstock Benchmark 50 Handicap (1000m) by three quarters of a length from a gallant Rheingau ($18).
Fifty Carats finished a close-up second in her previous two starts at her home Wagga track, but relished the wet conditions to secure her second win in 12 attempts.
The Mick Smith-trained Hello China ($8) edged out Dolphina ($7) in the Country Hope Wagga Picnic Cup (2000m).
Jockey Michael Heagney timed his run from second-last with two furlongs left perfectly to claim a well-earned win.
Meanwhile, Sunday's Cootamundra Cup meeting was postponed until Friday, October 22 after the track was deemed unsuitable for racing by stewards.
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