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    CHENOA PRINCESS on the outside registered an upset win at Globe Derby - Photo Walter Bulyga

    THE stewards queried me whether I was expecting her to win…I said ‘if I was I would have put more on her’. That’s how... Longshot catches everyone by surprise

    THE stewards queried me whether I was expecting her to win…I said ‘if I was I would have put more on her’.

    That’s how trainer Suzanne Grace explained Chenoa Princess’ shock victory at Globe Derby yesterday.

    Breaking her maiden status at her sixth start, Chenoa Princess paid a whopping $92 on the tote.

    Having her traditional $10 each way flutter, Grace was granted 150/1 via Fixed Odds.

    “The week before she galloped on first corner and we found out a strap was laying on the track and caused her to break,” Grace said.

    “What she did before, and how raced after, I thought showed something to suggest she is a nice little filly.

    “She had worked well during week and was I hoping she would finish up with them, but I never expected her to win.”

    Driven by Grace’s husband, Stephen, Chenoa Princess was caught wide from barrier six before being settled three-back in the running line as Dungeon Dragon worked to the lead.

    Finishing strongly along the home straight, the daughter of Alta Christiano scored by a metre from Alcatraz Lass, with Clarenden Dazzler three metres away third.

    Owned by Grace, the three-year-old rated 1:59.9 over 1800 metres.

    “It was terrific to see her get a win,” Grace said. “I had been watching her because I had her half-sister Shutterbug, which won 12 races for me, and when saw her advertised, I made an offer and they accepted it.

    “She will go around on Saturday night and hopefully can do well again.”

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