HONEST Warrnambool mare Paul's Regret scored a gutsy victory for popular local trainer Peter Chow in a $150,000 fillies and mares race at Cranbourne on Saturday.
Paul's Regret, under the urgings of jockey Damien Thornton, defeated Maybe The Best and Belle Plaisir in the 1400 metre race. The Cranbourne meeting was the principal one in Victoria and carried metropolitan status.
Chow said Paul's Regret win was well deserved after a minor placing in a group three race at her prior start in town.
"Paul's Regret deserved the win," Chow told The Standard.
"She had been running in stronger class races before Saturday. She's been knocking on the door to get another win. I thought her last start third placing at Flemington was full of merit for a race like this.
"It was a very good ride by Damien. I must admit I was worried in the run but she's a very tough mare. She was under pressure a long way out before hitting the line strongly."
Chow, who has 14 horses in work and also milks nearly 300 cows at his Purnim West property will lift the bar with the five-year-old mare for her next start.
"We'll look at running Paul's Regret in the Summoned Stakes at Caulfield in a fortnight," he said. "It's a group three race which means she's back up in class again but she deserves to have a crack at a race like the Summoned.
"The Summoned is over 1600 metres. It'll be the first time in her career that she'll be running over 1600 metres. I'm quietly confident she'll run out a strong 1600 metres.
I've got to give a lot of credit to all my staff. They all do great jobs and I can't forget our farrier Umesh Joseph and vet Feargal Ross they have done a wonderful work with Paul's Regret's feet. Her feet have been a cause of concern during her career."
From her 22 starts Paul's Regret has won four races and picked up more then $425,000 in stakemoney for her connections.
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