Deanna Troy snapped a 10 month run of outs with an impressive harness racing return to the winner's list in last night's VSB&SA Golden Wattle Cup at Melton's Tabcorp Park. The reigning Ladyship Mile titleholder recorded her first win since the George Johnson at Hobart last December last year when she held her rivals at bay in the $20,000 event.
Winning reinsman Gavin Lang, who co-trains the mare with his father Graeme at Melton, said the win was all the confirmation the stable needed to head back to Tasmania with the daughter of.
"The George Johnson is on in December again and being from Tasmania that will be her main target now," Lang said.
"If she comes in season in the near future then we'll possibly put her in foal and race her for a couple of months, but she'll be right to go to Tasmania again."
And she'll be one of the leading contenders for the $50,000 mares' feature on December 27 now that she's back in form.
Despite starting from barrier nine on the second row in the 1720-metre event, Lang wasted no time working his way through the field to assume the top and from there he was able to the dictate the pace of the race.
After a 29.8-second first quarter, they slowed up to 31.2 secs for the second section before covering the third split in 29.2 secs.
That allowed Deanna Troy ($3.70) to scoot home the final 400m in 27.7 secs and hold off Bay Torrent ($15), who enjoyed a dream run on Deanna Troy's back, by a half-neck in a 1:57.2 mile rate with Miss Laura Jane ($7.50) five metres back in third spot.
Lang was thrilled to see Deanna Troy take advantage of a handy draw and snap a 10-race losing streak. Her record now stands at 28 wins from 76 starts for $344,000 in stakes.
"Nine isn't the best draw you can have, but she outdrew what appeared to be the other main chances and therefore we were able to dictate things," Lang said.
"I was still never really that confident of winning during the race, but she dug in pretty deep at the finish and the time was good considering the conditions on the night."
The other highlight of last night's program was the return of, but there was no fairytale comeback for the former Horse of the Year, who bled during the race and dropped out to finish last behind Luv The Aces Lombo.