Maine's filly a genuine Tasmanian Oaks prospect

02:54 AM 11 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Faithful Gabby (Gareth Rattray) on her way to 38-metre win at Devonport.jpg
Faithful Gabby (Gareth Rattray) on her way to 38-metre win at Devonport
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COASTAL harness racing trainer Melissa Maine produced a genuine Tasmanian Oaks prospect in the form of Faithful Gabby that scored a sensational win in the Allen Williams Memorial final over 2297 metres at Devonport last Sunday night.

With the trainer’s life partner Gareth Rattray in the sulky, Faithful Gabby powered her way to an astonishing 38-metre win over Rocket Seal with Rockbank Dancer a further 17 metres astern.

It was one of the most awesome displays seen on the Devonport track this season.

Faithful Gabby had three starts last season for minor placings in each of her outings.

She returned to racing last month and after two excellent efforts she broke her maiden status in her Allen Williams Memorial heat in Hobart prior to winning the final.

Maine and Rattray were confident the filly would run well but even the trainer admitted the winning margin was unexpected.

The filly had a major setback last year when she cut her leg badly but she has been nursed back to health and she is starting to deliver on what she promised when she was broken

Listen to what trainer Melissa Maine had to say about Faithful Gabby’s latest win.

By Peter Staples

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