Classy kiwi No Tricks has produced an exceptional turn of foot to post arguably a career-best win to date in this afternoon’s Listed Daybreak Lover Stakes (1800m) on the Gold Coast.
Jumping from the gates only fairly, jockey Brenton Avdulla was forced to settle No Tricks off the pace of early leaders Sambuca Shot, Court’s Star and Rising Luck over the early stages of the Daybreak Lover Stakes; who set a reasonable quick tempo over the back straight.
Finding a handy position on the rail slightly worse than midfield, Avdulla slowly wound up the Savabeel filly upon arriving at the final bend and was a passenger as she charged forward over the final 300m; hitting the line half a length ahead of Right Or Wrong; Court’s Star boxing on for third.
Avdulla was thrilled to have delivered Mt Gambier-based trainer Wayne Walters a win in the 2015 Daybreak Lover Stakes and was impressed by the feel offered up by the three-year-old, particularly over the race’s dying stages.
“They’re a beautiful family and you never know where you’re going to get your next ride from – I got a surprise when Wayne Walters gave me a call the other day,” Avdulla said.
“He’s a great trainer and he had the horse spot on today. She’s a nice filly going forward.
“She has been a filly who’s sort of been overdoing it in her races but I was able to get her to switch off mid-field and she always travelled like the winner from the 700m onwards.”
Walters was understandably thrilled with No Tricks’ success in the 2015 Daybreak Lover Stakes and revealed she was only set on a course for the race after luckless performances in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) and last weekend’s Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m).
“We got her to run in the Oaks and we sort of pushed on because she didn’t have a lot of luck,” Walters said.
“She was definitely knocked-up last week and she came back 350m today.”
In taking out the 2015 Daybreak Lover Stakes, No Tricks has now posted three wins and four minors through a competitive and consistent 13 start career.