The benefit of race experience proved to be the winning edge for the John and Chris Ledger trained Amani Farasi at Wodonga on Tuesday.
Amani Farasi faced only five rivals in the $23,000 3YO Fillies Maiden Plate, (1100m) after the field was decimated by scratchings.
Most of her rivals were on debut with the exception of Shiny Star who had one previous start in June.
In contrast Amani Farasi was having her fourth career start and finished third at Tatura two starts back.
Jockey Alexandra Bryan settled just behind the leaders before surging to the lead as they entered the home straight.
Amani Farasi quickly put the race beyond doubt and had enough in reserve to stave off the late challenge of Gaudi Girl.
Co-trainer Chris Ledger said he thought Amani Farasi would be the testing material after the scratching of pre-race favourite Baaqyah.
"Once the race favourite came out we were confident that with the race experience, Amani Farasi would be hard to beat," Ledger told Racing.com
"I thought it was a nice, strong win by her.
"Once you have had a couple of starts like she has, she knows what it's all about."
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Amani Farasi was formerly trained by Mick Price with the Ledger's doing a lot of pre-training work for the Caulfield based trainer.
Ledger revealed Price sent the horse to their stable after her debut run when unplaced at Sale.
"She had one run for Mick Price and he sent her up to our stable and said 'find a nice race for her,' Ledger said.
"Mick was of the opinion she would be winning in her next couple of starts and that's what she's done.
"There is a Super VOBIS bonus involved and good prizemoney on offer."
The Ledger stable looks set for a hectic spring with several other Price runners joining the stable.
"Mick has been great for the stable and often sends us horses that he doesn't think have got the potential to win at Cranbourne and Mornington," he said
"It's great for the owners to race in this area and still be eligible for the VOBIS bonus and be rewarded for it.
"Dad and I are working about 25 horses.
"The next couple of weeks we will have about a dozen horses starting their preparations who have had one start or will be on debut.
"So it's an exciting time for our barn at the moment."
Meanwhile Wodonga trainer Sylvia Thompson savoured a hometown win with Chipsaredown.
Ridden by Nick Souquet, Chipsaredown ($7) scored a dominant win in the $23,000 Benchmark 64 Hcp, (1100m).
Souquet made it a winning double after winning the final race on the card on the Peter Maher-trained Spanish Poet.
Spanish Poet paid $7.