Mark Thomas-trained Lou Lou Star took home her maiden victory on January 11.TIM WOOD January 23, 2014 4:38am
Seymour trainer Mark Thomas enjoyed a successful day at Healesville races on January 11 when his three-year-old filly Lou Lou Star scored her maiden win at just her second start.
Ridden by apprentice jockey Matt Brown, the filly raced on the speed and never looked in danger as she won easily by three lengths.
Lou Lou Star had been sent around as one of the outsiders of the field after an average debut run at Yea in late December.
‘‘It was a big improvement today,’’ Thomas said after the win.
‘‘She had needed the run at Yea and that was really just about conditioning her.
‘‘It can be very hard for a horse to win first up there as the 1200
‘‘But today at Healesville she got a nice flat track in good condition which helped her.’’
The victory couldn’t have worked out any better for Lou Lou Star’s new owner, Leigh MacDonald, the brother in law of Thomas.
Thomas was also thrilled to train a winner in front of the large holiday crowd which included several of his family and friends.
‘‘It was good to win here because it’s a great atmosphere at the picnics and a really good day out,’’ Thomas said.
At this stage, Thomas hasn’t picked out a next start for the filly but he is hoping that in the long term she might graduate to the next level.
‘‘I think she will do well over a bit of ground and once she gets more confidence at the picnics she might possibly go on to the professionals,’’ he said.
It was a good day all round at Healesville for Seymour trainers, with the Barry Goodwin-trained Queen Liberty winning the fourth race on the card courtesy of an outstanding ride from Barry’s talented son Reece.
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