ALTHOUGH she still wishes the racing surface was softer, South Australian reinswoman Tiana McMahon is feeling the pain a lot less thanks to her win at Globe Derby last night.
Two days earlier McMahon crashed to the track during a trial, and although she was able to walk away, she was nursing several bumps and bruises.
“There was nothing I could do and clipped the wheel of another sulky which tipped me out,” McMahon said.
“It would’ve been nice if the ground provided a bit more cushioning!
“I’ve been pretty sore for the past couple of days, but getting a winner certainly helps ease the pain.”
One of the state’s in-form drivers in recent weeks, McMahon partnered Major Kiwi to an upset win at $19.80 on the Tote.
Settled into the perfect one-one trip from barrier five as Final Over led, Major Kiwi was presented with a clear passage on the final bend as Mohegan Sun worked to the front from the ‘death seat’.
Finishing solidly along the home straight the son of Art Major scored by four metres from Mohegan Sun, with Majestic Lustre a neck away third.
Rating 1:59.7 over 2230 metres, the Michael Bryant-trained and owned veteran took his record to 35 wins and 68 placings from 261 starts for earnings of $226,479.
Racing in consistent fashion this campaign, the 11-year-old “more than deserved to win’ according to McMahon.
“He has been thereabouts week after week,” McMahon said. “In his 14 starts since his last win he has finished second, third or fourth on 10 occasions.
“He always puts in his best and more than deserved to win.”