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By Graham Potter | Sunday, August 21, 2022

The Stewart McKinnon trained Wine Not Roses, who had scored six minor placings in her last eight starts going into a Fillies And Mares Class 1 Handicap over 1000m on the Sunshine Coast Poly Track on August 21, claimed a overdue win when she took care of business to see off the challenge of Been A While by a one length margin.

While those second and third places piled up in-between wins, you had to go all the way back to January 7 to find Wine Not Roses’ Maiden win … which also came on the Poly Track surface.

This time she would make no mistake and would put her second career win in the record books with a focussed and committed effort.

Wine Not Roses ($2.60) landed in midfield before Jasmine Cornish pushed her forward, settling the four-year-old mare into second place, in-between runners, just a neck off the leader Been A While ($4) … a position Cornish was content to maintain until the field straightened for home.

That’s when the race turned into a straight two-way contest between Been A While, who gave an early kick in the straight, and Wine Not Roses, who was giving chase.

Been A While was game, but Wine Not Roses’s challenge was relentless, and while it did take the McKinnon trained daughter of Mikki Isle virtually the whole length of the straight to run down her only rival, run her down she did to edge away over the final 50m to put that overdue win in the bank.

Wine Not Roses now has a race record of two wins and five minor placings from thirteen starts.

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