Markwell won't rest on laurels

Gwenda Markwell

Gwenda Markwell

HORSE RACING

She wrapped up her 12th consecutive Kembla Grange trainers premiership just a few weeks ago, but in typical Gwenda Markwell fashion it has been straight back to work.

The region's premier trainer started the new season at Kembla in the same vein she finished the last, with a win in the opening race on August 2.

Shelley's Girl shook off a wide barrier to break her maiden over 1400 metres at her second start.

Markwell takes the three-year-old filly to town on Wednesday to contest a competitive Benchmark 70 (1400m) at Randwick-Kensington.

Impressive Kembla maiden winner Panzer Division is $2.80 favourite for the opening race, after winning by 3½ lengths on debut.

"There's a few good ones in there. It is always hard up in Sydney," Markwell said.

"She is a place chance as long as she does everything right. She still gets a bit fractious.

"The further she gets over I think the better she will go."

Markwell won the 2013-14 local premiership a few weeks ago with 24 winners ($294,000 prize money), and also claimed the overall trainers' crown.

The stable also picked up Horse of the Year with Kembla favourite Totally Devoted.

A typically understated Markwell took it all her in stride.

"You can't do it without all of your staff and all of the people around you," she said.

Racing continues at Kembla Grange this Saturday.

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