HARD-WORKING horseman Robin Maguire had every reason to be confident of success in the sixth event at Globe Derby during the weekend.
After all, Maguire had the short-priced favourite Ten No Spur in the field.
Low and behold, Maguire capture the 2230-metre stand, but with a surprise win!
While Ten No Spur wasn’t on his best behaviour – finishing fifth after breaking stride – Maguire’s other runner, Aunty Ethal, completed an upset victory.
“She has been racing well of late and that was her best run this time in,” Maguire said. “I expected her to run another solid race, but like most, I felt Ten No Spur was my best winning chance.”
After beginning well from her 30-metre back mark, Aunty Ethal was settled three-back along the pegs as Ten No Spur led from the pole.
Gaining the one-one trail during the middle stages, Aunty Ethal was taken three-wide by Mark Billinger leaving the back straight before sprinting to a metre-and-a-half win from Kabayo King, with Arctic Pegasus four metres away third.
Rating 2:07, the four-year-old notched her second win from 28 starts, having also been among the placings on six occasions.
“I figured she’d have her work cut out for her from the handicap, but felt she was in with a show,” Maguire said.
“After a couple, including Ten No Spur, broke on the last turn, she showed what a difference good manners make.
“I’m not really sure what is next for her, so I’ll just look for a suitable race in her grade and go from there.”