Shaun Guymer will have an extra spring in his step when he walks into Peter Moody's Randwick stables today after booting home his first winner for Victoria's premier trainer.
The apprentice is set to make Moody's satellite base at Randwick home on a three-month loan - and he endeared himself to his new boss with a workman-like effort on Tail Of A Diva ($3 fav) at Kembla Grange on Saturday.
Guymer allowed the four-year-old mare the perfect one-back and one-out trail before wearing down the front-running Was Meant To Be in the fillies and mares Benchmark 60 Handicap (1400m).
"This is a good kick-off for us together," Guymer said.
"She's a promising little type. She may not do it this prep, but she shows ability further on."
Moody has made Kembla a happy hunting ground since setting up base in Sydney, notching his fourth winner from just nine runners at the track.
Tail Of A Diva broke her maiden status at Benalla before being shipped north, where she ran a luckless fourth at Hawkesbury in her first Sydney run.
"Circumstances never really went her way at Hawkesbury," Guymer said.
"We came here [on Saturday] thinking if she runs up to that run she'll be very hard to beat.
"We just sat back one-one and she was able to get the nice suck run.
"We just had to pop off around the turn and she levelled up to the leader beautifully, but in this sort of rain-affected ground she was just a little bit flat-footed when I asked her to sprint past the leader.
"Once I did go for her she was picking her feet up quite nice."
Was Meant To Be ($5.70) finished a length adrift after making the running under Taylor Marshall, while She's Saintly ($3.40) made ground late to finish third.