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By Graham Potter | Sunday, August 6, 2023

If any horse has been knocking at the door trying to open the way to his first win, it has been Galway Hussler.

in four starts as a two-year-old, the Corey and Kylie Geran trained daughter of Husson finished third, second and then third and second again … maybe not against the strongest of opposition, but nevertheless showing a level of consistency while learning her trade which suggested that a win was certainly on the cards.

The stable targeted a QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap over 1000m at the Sunshine Coast on August 6 as Galway Hussler’s first run as a three-year-old and the run she produced here underlined the progress she has been making while getting to grips with the task of learning how to win.

Starting at double figure odds of $11 with Mark Du Plessis in the saddle, Galway Hussler began quickly before taking up a trail in third place a little over a length behind the two leaders in the early part.

Up to the bend and on straightening, Galway Hussler was back to fourth and now some two-and-a-half lengths off the lead and she lost a further length on the frontrunners in the first half of the straight as she took a while to start going through her gears.

Approaching the 200m mark, though, Galway Hussler significantly increased her tempo.

Now closing on the leaders, Du Plessis just angled Galway Hussler out slightly between the 180m and 150m marks to ensure he had clear galloping room as he set about chasing down the leaders with meaning.

By the 100m mark, Galway Hussler had built sufficient momentum to carry her past all but one horse but it just took another 50m for her to also account for the game challenge of She Is All Magic ($8) along her inside, and she maintained her effort all of the way to the line to beat She Is All Magic by 0.50 lengths at the line.

In her pervious start Galway Hussler was left chasing over the sharp 870m dash, but was running on well enough there. Up to 1000m here and she was again hitting the line hard, suggesting she has some promise in her favour for Corey and Kylie Geran to work with.

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