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By Graham Potter | Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Daintree Diva put the John Symons and Sheila Laxon training partnership on the scoreboard for the new season with a courageous win in a Fillies And Mares Class 1 handicap over 1200m at Doomben on August 11.

The daughter of Vancouver, who was having her first run as a four-year-old, jumped straight into the lead and had to do a bit of work early but, once she had settled and found the rail, Daintree Diva ($8) loped along at the head of affairs with the $7 chance Provide tracking her every move close up to her outside.

On straightening, these two runners joined issue and, with nobody else making any significant progress from behind, it became a race in two over the final 200m.

At one stage it looked like Provide might have enough momentum to go past the Symons/Laxon trained runner, but Daintree Diva was not about to give up the fight and, under strong urging from Jaden Lloyd, Daintree Diva gained a narrow advantage over the concluding stages to claim victory by a 0.20 length margin returning a juicy $10.40 win dividend on the local tote.

The $3 favourite Kaliya was caught wide in the running but did not do enough in the straight to have a major say. She had to settle for third place.

Daintree Diva’s win was the first leg of a double for Jaden Lloyd, who also scored later in the day with Acrobatic.

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