Trainer Robert Price was relieved to have finally seen the best of "quality mare" Winter In America in Saturday's Fillies and Mares Class 1 Handicap (1200m) at Kembla Grange.
After buying the now four-year-old off Gwenda Markwell in March, the Prices saw immediate results with two second placings prior to breaking her maiden in the autumn.
But the spring was cold for Winter In America, missing the placing in four runs prior to delivering in style at $41, an impressive two-length win, after John O'Shea's odds-on favourite Rocha Clock was scratched the barriers.
"Her last run she loomed to win over a mile, but she had a little of a breathing issue, which lots of them have," Price said.
"We adjusted the gear here a little bit and just let her roll, keep her in her comfort zone, there were no real instructions, (jockey) Koby (Jennings has) got lovely soft hands.
"She looked like she was going to be trapped early, but I think the cream rose to the top. She's a quality mare and been a little frustrating this preparation."
It was otherwise a superb day for Sydney trainer Mark Newnham, who had a winning treble from the five runners he had at Kembla Grange.
Newnham narrowly missed out on claiming the major prize in the inaugural $1 million The Gong last week with Quackerjack, but started Saturday's meeting in style, with three-year-old gelding Mission Phoenix producing a super-tough effort in a Benchmark 64 over 2000m.
Then three-year-old filly Money Magic (1400m) and colt Cymbalic (1600m) broke their maidens.
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