A change of training preceded Sunny Two Shoes' win at Ascot Park yesterday.
She faded to seventh at Oamaru a week earlier after pulling hard in the preliminary and charging to the lead from barrier rise. Waimumu trainer Bill Heads worked Sunny Two Shoes in behind another horse mostly days last week in an attempt to make her relax.
Reinsman Brent Barclay said the Live Or Die mare travelled nicely in yesterday's Race 2 Horses For $500 Pace.
''She felt like she could win another one fairly quick.''
The half-sister to Crystal Star (11 wins) is owned by Bill and Mary McDowell, of Roxburgh. Heads and Barclay also combined to win with Devine Sign in the First In Windsor Fillies and Mares' Pace.
Heads qualified Devine Sign at the Balfour grass trials in December for Northern Southland owner-breeders Robert and Eleanor Wilson. Devine Sign's six race day starts have yielded four wins and a third.
Chiola Belle won her second start for Oamaru trainer Phil Williamson yesterday. She had 10 starts from Kevin Chapman's Amberley stable before the owners, the No Pressure Kev Syndicate, switched her to Williamson a month ago. She had been breaking and pulling in races, which prompted Williamson to experiment with different shoes.
''It's also a mental thing with her. She's good enough to win more, but it all hinges on her manners,'' Williamson said.
Chiola Belle, driven by Williamson's son, Matthew, narrowly avoided a breaking runner after 250m in the Southland Harness Awards Trot. She led for the last lap and won by three and three-quarter lengths.
Suzie's So Sweet won fresh up in the D'Coy Fillies and Mares' Pace.
The Tony Stratford-trained 3-year-old filly impressed in two workouts at Ascot Park recently. She ran second on July 27 and returned a week later to finish close up behind the placegetters.
''I've been pretty happy with her at the workouts,'' Stratford said.
Suzie's So Sweet showed promise when running third in two non totalisator events last season for Invercargill owners Bill and Karen Grice.
The Westwood training partnership of Jonny Cox and Amber Hoffman recorded its first win when Mackenzie Jacob won the Woodlands Motors Ltd Pace. Cox and Hoffman officially joined forces on August 1.
Hoffman previously trained in partnership with Graeme Anderson at Westwood. Anderson also enjoyed success yesterday when Montecrengle took out the Panspacificflight@Macca Lodge Handicap Pace.
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