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    Young reinswoman’s perfect debut Young reinswoman’s perfect debut

    OLIVIA WEIDENBACH

    IT DIDN’T take Olivia Weidenbach long to find a path to the winners’ circle. Weidenbach, 17, scored with Smart Little Shard in Bendigo last... Young reinswoman’s perfect debut

    IT DIDN’T take Olivia Weidenbach long to find a path to the winners’ circle.

    Weidenbach, 17, scored with Smart Little Shard in Bendigo last night in what was her maiden voyage as a reinswoman.

    Having completed her required trials, Weidenbach only received her driver’s licence earlier this week.

    “It’s very exciting…I still can’t believe it,” Weidenbach said. “I got my licence on Monday and to get a win with my first drive is just incredible.

    “Driving has always been something I was going to do, but Mum and Dad (Rosie and Paul) held me back a little while to make sure I was ready.”

    Eased away from barrier six, Smart Little Shard was settled towards the tail of the field as Bundy Playboy led from the pole.

    Gaining a three-wide trail along the back straight, Smart Little Shard was forced to the extreme outside around the home turn before sprinting to a neck win from the pacemaker, with Mickilla Express seven metres away third.

    Rating 1:58.7 over 2150 metres, Smart Little Shard’s success also gave Weidenbach bragging rights over her brother, Kevin, who had to wait a little longer for his first win!

    “I’m so grateful that John (Nicholson) gave me the drive,” Weidenbach said. “He said ‘I’ve got him ready for you’ which was so good of him.

    “I also have to thank all the people who supported me during my trial drives.

    “Ideally I would love my driving to kick off as I’ve always wanted to be freelance reinswoman.”

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