The six year old mare Maiden Rome has been a bit of a fixture around Canterbury harness racing racetracks over the last three and a half years.
Raced and trained for most of her 63 start career by well known amateur driver Robert Earle apart from a brief spell with Roger Austin, the decision was made recently to transfer the six year old daughter of Julius Caesar to Greg and Nina Hope on the beach at Woodend.
And it has just taken three starts for this underrated mare to turn her form around and show her true worth for her new trainers.
Driven by her regular pilot of late in Steven Golding, Maiden Rome was caught wide from the start from her barrier draw of eight. Although she had cover, Maiden Rome was never closer in than three wide for the entire journeyyet still found enough in reserve to storm home late and snatch victory right on the post.
It was her fifth lifetime win and without doubt her best.
She paced the 1950 meters in 2:25.4 a mile rate of 2:00.3 with closing sectionals of 60 and 30.1 which was good going in the artic like conditions.
Maiden Rome really is a product of Robert Earle's involvement in harness racing with her dam Jazz Tempo a daughter of Shiney Key ,an Abercrombie stallion that Robert imported and stood at stud at Elrae Lodge.
While she has never won them out of turn, the way Maiden Rome won this evening suggests that tonight's win from her new quarters might not be her last.