Sheahan lands breakthrough Holbrook winner

Magestic Lilly

Andrew Sheahan was back in the winner’s circle at Holbrook on Saturday with Majestic Lilly getting the job done in the 1400m Maiden Handicap. 

The Gundagai galloper had apprentice jockey Hannah Le Blanc on board, with the four-year-old ridden quietly in the seven-furlong race. 

According to Sheahan, the pair flashed home wide and fast, storming over the top of the field to win the race. 

“It was a good win,” Sheahan said. 

“She was the widest runner and, on the replay, you can’t see her until just before the winning post.

“She wasn’t on the track the whole way but Hannah gave her a good ride and she was always going to run them down.”

Connections went to Holbrook confident they would win the race following recent efforts at Wagga. 

“She hadn’t been racing bad at all, and she nearly won her first start for us at Tumut,” Sheahan said. 

“Her last run over a mile was good, and we thought we would go back to 1400m and throw the blinkers on her and with the 52.5kg, she was just too hard to beat.”

It was a drought-breaking win for Sheahan, who last trained a winner when Centennial Prince won at Carrathool back in March of 2019.

Following breaks from racing in 2020 and 2021, and with seven in work at the moment, the team is going well with some up and coming types, and the Gundagai trainer is looking forward to the future. 

“The girls have seven in work, and yes, it has been a little while since we last won, plus it’s my partner Mel’s (Ridley) horse, so it was a good one to get,” Sheahan said. 

Majestic Lilly will now be set for the 1600m Class One/Maiden at Leeton on April 9.

“I will stick to the non-Tabbers with her for the next bit and run her out at Leeton in a fortnight,” Sheahan said. 

Connections will race at Gundagai on Sunday too, with Tuckerbox Hill knocking on the door of her maiden win.

“Tuckerbox Hill should have nearly won at Queanbeyan last start and she will go to Gundagai on Sunday in the 1400m Maiden Handicap,” Sheahan said.

Close but no cigar for locals at Albury 

Locally owned gallopers went so close to winning feature races on the Albury Gold Cup program on Friday. 

In the $80,000 Albury Guineas, the Todd Smart-trained and Billy Owen-ridden Kelvedon Road found the line strongly to finish second, beaten by 1.18 lengths by the Marc Connors-trained Starstruck Barbie (Brock Ryan).

The three-year-old bombed the start over the 1600m and Owen took the inside running, saving ground when turning for home. 

The winner had a good break on the field though, and Kelvedon Road toiled away for a good second.

In the $75,000 Flat Knacker, the Marty Hay-owned Proud Mia made every post a winner bar the winning post, finishing second when only beaten 0.26 of a length by the Ron Stubbs-trained Boss Lady Rocks (Tyler Schiller). 

The Nick Olive-trained mare was taken forward by Billy Owen, and looked the winner with half a furlong to go, and it took a good horse to beat the Gundagai-owned and Canberra trained mare. 

Right: The Andrew Sheahan-trained Majestic Lilly won her maiden at Holbrook on Saturday.

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