ALBURY trainer Kym Davison looks to have unearthed a promising galloper after Real Calm scored an impressive victory in the $15,000 Maiden Handicap, (1175 metres) at Albury racecourse on Saturday.
Real Calm made amends for an unlucky second on debut at Albury last month when she blundered the start by three lengths and cost herself a debut victory.
Ridden by jockey Simon Miller, Real Calm ($2.70-fav) pinged straight to the lead from barrier 2 and was never seriously challenged in the home straight to win by 1.3 lengths over Canberra raider Merveille ($4.60) and Atlanta Rock ($3.40) who made good late ground to finish third.
In a promising sign, Real Calm ran the slick time of 1:08.97 for the 1175-metre dash.
“She probably should have won on debut if she didn’t miss the start,” Davison said.
“But she showed what she is capable of on Saturday and once she jumped cleanly and found the front unchallenged it was always going to take a good horse to run her down.
“For a maiden horse to break 1:09.00 at Albury normally tells you that you have got a pretty smart horse.
“She is a big, raw, green horse and has still got plenty of improvement in her.
“She is still learning what it’s all about so hopefully it’s upwards and onwards from here on in.”
Real Calm will most likely have her next start at Albury’s next meeting on Cox Plate day on October 26.
Davison and Miller combined for a winning double after Back To The Bar upstaged a handy field of sprinters to score in the $15,000 Benchmark 70 Handicap, (1175 metres)
Back To The Bar ($17) settled towards the rear of the field but swamped his rivals out wide on the track with a powerful finishing burst to beat Chatrang and Ceccanti.
“He is a bit of a frustrating horse to train,” Davison said.
“I don’t think he likes being smothered inside of horses.
“So with the wide barrier on Saturday I told Simon to let the horse settle where he is happy and I don’t mind if you are three or four wide as long as you have got cover.
“The fast tempo of the race suited him.”
Back To The Bar is also most likely to race next at Albury on Cox Plate day.
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