ALBURY trainer Kym Davison predicts a bright future for Direct Response after she broke through for her first victory on her home track yesterday.
Ridden by Simon Miller, Direct Response ($3.80) sprouted wings over the final furlong to nail perennial bridesmaid Atlanta Rock ($2.30-fav) in the final bound by half a head.
It was the three-year-old filly’s second career start after finishing fourth at Albury earlier this month.
Davison felt the daughter of Shinzig would be a lot better galloper next preparation.
“She is a horse that still has got a few little issues,” Davison said.
“We have nursed her and nursed her and I thought after her debut run she would most likely be going to the paddock.
“But she pulled-up pretty good so we thought we may as well roll the dice one more time this preparation.
“The field dropped away with a couple of scratchings and it’s turned out a good result.
“The horse is raced by some new owners in the stable, so everyone’s happy.”
Davison purchased Direct Response from Hawthorne Stud last year alongside stablemates Escebee and Real Calm.
Escebee stamped himself as an above-average galloper with an impressive debut at Albury earlier this month.
Stablemate Real Calm finished second as the $1.95-favourite in the opening race on the card yesterday.
“I’ve had Direct Response for 18 months and broke her in after buying her,” he said.
“So I have got three nice three-year-olds in the stable.
“Direct Response was a young horse racing against older horses today and did well to run Atlanta Rock down in that last little bit.
“She really wants to find the line and that’s what I like about the horse.”
Davison said Direct Response would probably race again at Albury’s next meeting on October 12.
Escebee has been sent to the paddock to freshen-up before targeting a race at Albury on Oaks Day on November 7.