It was a late surge to the line that saw Stravain victorious at Stony Creek on Thursday, the lightly raced chestnut at just her second run back from a spell showing plenty of heart over the final stages of the 1000m BM58 contest.
With the odds-on favourite Strike Celebration shooting clear at the top of the straight, Stravain looked to have the job ahead but she really charged late with a photo called to determine the result.
It was a tricky one to judge from the stands but jockey Ben Thompson was confident noting that “we had the momentum.”
Describing Stravain as ” such a genuine honest mare,” Thompson was taken by her first up run at Werribee in which she finished third behind the promising gallopers Scipio and Diode.
“She went great there and that looked to be really strong race – and Robbie and the team had no doubt that she would improve from that run.”
“She brought her good form here today and beat a nice horse, hopefully there are better things in store for her.”
“We were really happy with her first up performance,” Reid Balfour said.
“Ben suggested that a bigger track would suit her so we came here and that paid off.”
“She will continue to improve with racing, she was only second up today and it is all looking positive for her.”
The winner of two of just ten starts, Stravain is a daughter of Stratum bred by Kulani Park. Purchased at the 2017 Magic Millions, she is out of the stakes placed dual city winning Falvelon mare Little Favours, half-sister to the stakes placed Capital Commander.
Her grandam is the metropolitan winner Chicken Little whilst her third dam is the Gr.2 mare Twining, ancestress of the stakes winners Thought Of That, Assimilate, Jester’s Girl and How Funny.