WELL BRED harness racing mare Hilda Su finally broke her maiden status when she powered home to win the The TOTE Stakes in Launceston tonight (Sunday).
With ace reinsman Rohan Hadley in the sulky Hilda Su settled near last and was still in that position when the field headed down the back straight the last time.
But with the favourite Codie Karalta ($2.40) and Woody Beours ($4.30) setting a solid pace in front Hadley was content to sit back and bide his time.
Hadley waited until his filly was balanced at the top of the homer straight before calling n her for the supreme effort.
Hilda Su responded magnificently and grabbed Codie Karalta close to home, hitting the line 3.7 metres clear of the favourite with Villify closing late to grab third but 3.4 metres astern.
Hilda Su (Elsu-Hilda Ross) is trained at Scottsdale by Ken Hall and is owned by him and members of his family as well as some close friends.
The trainer’s son Cabel Hal said Hilda Su had been doing a few tings wrong and had to be dispatched to the trials.
“This mare was due to beak through because she has been racing well of late but without a lot of luck,” Hall said.
The four-year-old mare clocked a mile rate of 2m:02s for the 2200-metre trip
Listen to what part-owner Cabel Hall had to say about Hilda Su’s first win – click here.