Shamal Wind has showcased her exciting turn of foot resuming in the Listed W.J Adams Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
Resuming after a solid spring campaign, Shamal Wind hitting the line well from an awkward draw would have pleased connections as all eyes were focused on well tried favourite Lord Of The Sky.
Partnered by Ryan Maloney for the first time, the in form jockey jagged Shamal Wind back from a wide draw and rode her for luck.
The pair faced a wall of horses on straightening with clear room only emerging approaching the 100m.
General Truce had pinched a break having snuck through on the inside however Shamal Wind’s turn of foot was too strong and nailed the honest sprinter in the final strides.
“I came into the race with a few negatives,” winning trainer Robert Smerdon said.
“From the barrier I thought we were going to be stone last with a big job in front of her.
“We’re hopefully aiming toward the Oakleigh Plate in three weeks so if she was finding the line and finishing on the back of them that would have satisfied me.
“Courtesy of a tactically good ride on Ryan’s part, she’s come up with the major prize.”
The Group 1 Oakleigh Plate is next on the agenda for Shamal Wind who struggled in the 2013 renewal of the event after some poor pre race manners.
“She trains on into her prep and she has got a great constitution,” Smerdon said.
“She is in good form. We had the plan to come here first up and she will trial at Cranbourne Tuesday week then go into the Oakleigh Plate in three weeks time.”
The win was one which clearly had jockey Ryan Maloney excited.
“I can’t remember the last time one let go like that for me,” Maloney said.
“She put them away, she just toyed with them basically, it was real impressive.”
Race favourite Lord Of The Sky was the first horse beaten in the straight.
Also finishing well back was the Peter Moody-trained Kiss A Rose.