COLAC-trained mare Royal Rue repaid her connections some of the initial $50,000 outlay as a yearling winning a $35,000 maiden plate at Warrnambool on Thursday.
Royal Rue ridden by under-rated jockey Stan Tsakios defeated More Minties by more then two lengths with Wild Destiny back in third place in the 1400-metre race.
Trainer Daryl Cannon said the lightly raced five-year-out put the writing on the wall for a maiden victory after good runs at her previous starts at Geelong and Casterton.
"I thought she had to be hard to beat today," Cannon said.
"Her last two runs were good. I think the penny is just starting to drop with her.
"It's taken a bit of time but going on that win she could go through her classes in races up to 1400 metres.
"It was also good to have Stan riding her. My stable and Stan go back a long way.
"I think Stan rode his first winner for me back in 1996. He's been injured and been off the scene for a few years and I've only got a small team in work but it's great to team up with Stan again."
Royal Rue took her stake earnings to $30,750 with the win.
Jockey Josh Cartwright took the riding honours with a double on the eight-race program.
Cartwright won on Regardsmaree and Galaxy Ghost. Both winners are trained by Caulfield trainer Henry Dwyer.
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