BREAKING her maiden in Melton last night, Spun Silver provided the perfect tonic for one of her owners.
First-up from an 18-month injury-enforced break, Spun Silver was successful in a 1200-metre TAB Fasttrack Pace.
With part-owner Peter Lewis recently undergoing his first round of chemotherapy, Spun Silver’s win was perfect timing according to trainer Alexandra Hurley.
“It was great for all of us to see her win, but a real pick-me-up for Peter,” Hurley said. “Peter just had his first chemo, so it was great for him to be on track and watching her win.
“Peter has had horses with us for 20 years, and of course we like to see them win, but it’s more than that…it’s the time together at dinners or barbeques, the social side that goes along with it.”
Driven by Josh Duggan, Spun Silver led through from five to score by 12-and-a-half metres from Rockin Charmer, with Smilensaycheese five metres away third.
Also part-owned by Hurley, along with “close friends”, the flash grey daughter of Follow The Stars covered the sprint trip in 1:25.5.
“I was pretty hopeful she would be right in it, but I thought Josh would take a sit and use the sprint lane,” Hurley said. “When he found the front I was just hoping she could hang on given she hadn’t raced for a long time.
“She hit the line so well and was so bright after the race you wouldn’t have known she’d gone around.
“She had so long off as a result of a stress fracture to her pelvis. We don’t know if she did it in a paddock or if it was building up for a few weeks as she did get knocked down in a race.
“I went out one day and she couldn’t walk and had to have pain killers just to walk from the paddock to the stable.
“She spent eight week in a box, another eight in a tiny yard, then eight in a slightly bigger paddock and eight months in a real paddock before we started working her again.
“We are thrilled to have her back and getting that win, hopefully there are more in store.”