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Vevi breaks through in the nick of time

04 / 04 / 2011 Article by: Editor
Vevi (Talia Rodder) bursts through just in time to win her maiden in Hobart
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LONGFORD trainer Barry Baker heaved a sigh of relief when his underrated mare Vevi scored a last-stride win in a fillies’ and mares maiden plate over 1400 metres in Hobart on Sunday.

Vevi came from well back in the field turning for home to score in a blanket finish involving five horses that hit the line almost as one.

Apprentice Talia Rodder had Vevi settled just worse than midfield until the 500-metre peg where she started to charter a course to victory.

She was stymied for a run at the top of the straight and was forced to change direction and under strong riding the mare burst through an opening close to home to grab victory in the last stride.

Baker said it was the mare’s last chance to win.

“This mare has raced with so much bad luck it’s ridiculous,” Baker said.

“If she hadn’t won today it would have been very hard to keep her in the stable because she would have had four unplaced runs to her credit and that would have made it hard for her to gain starts in the immediate future.”

“But we don’t have to worry about that now and I’m so pleased for the owner John Holloway because it is his first winner,” he said.

Holloway described the feeling as “marvelous” and spent the best part of the next hour in the TRC committee room celebrating.

It was Vevi’s first win from 12 starts but Baker said she has the ability to win more races.