Despite copping some interference in the run, BANANA SLIDE registered a very smart win at start number two thanks to a bold ride by Damien Thornton.
The three-year-old filly, who was sent to the paddock after her debut run at Ipswich last November, overcame a mid-race bump and showed plenty of late speed in the 3YO Maiden Plate at the Sunshine Coast.
After missing the start and settling midfield, BANANA SLIDE looked to have plenty of traffic in front of her in the home straight.
But Thornton bided his time until a gap opened, and the daughter of Sebring took it to run out an impressive winner.
"It was a big effort," said Thornton.
"We copped some interference around the 800-metre mark, which put her off balance and knocked her about, so she did a really good job to pick herself back up again.
"She'll be much better suited when she gets up to 1400 metres or a mile in time, she found the line really nicely and I was always confident we'd get there. So she's a nice filly moving forward."
The win continued the stable’s winning run following on from a midweek metropolitan double on Wednesday.
The one-length victory earned her connections a cheque for $16,800, many congratulations to Basil, Diane and Natalie Nolan.
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