IN-FORM runner One More Honey has made it two wins from three starts after taking out the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
Despite the strong career record to date the two-year-old paid +2650 at WilliamHill.com.au.
One More Honey came from the back of the field to run down long-time leader Arctic Angel ($2.20 at Sportsbet.com.au) which looked the winner at the 100m mark but ran out of legs.
Arctic Angel’s jockey Kathy O’Hara said her horse “really tired (in) the last 50 metres in the conditions.”
One of the main elects in the market Teaspoon rounded out the placings to return $2.20 at Sportsbet.com.au.
One More Honey’s trainer John Thompson said the race team was confident the filly would handle the heavy conditions despite never racing on a track rated less than good in its career.
“We knew she would get through the going.” Thompson said.
“She’s worked good on soft tracks. She is one of those fillies who gives you 110 per cent and really tries. From barrier one she had the gun run.”
The long odds on offer prior to the race could be attributed to a lacklustre fifth last time out at Rosehill a month ago, but the trainer was willing to forgive that run.
“The way the race was run the other day it was slow and then a sprint home. She was making ground late but ran out of time. Today there was genuine speed on and the heavy track made it a bit more testing which was up our alley,” Thompson said.
“It is hard to judge them on today. It is bottomless out there.”
The horse got a charmed run through after jumping from barrier one and was given the ideal ride from jockey Jay Ford.
The winning jockey said it is ‘onward and upwards’ for the horse going into the future.
“She’s a beauty. Very game horse, just jumps out, puts herself in a spot.” Ford said.
“She got through the ground very well and she was strong at the back end of it. She’s a horse who I think will eventually see the best part of a mile so for her to be doing what she’s doing now the future is good.”
The Group 2 Sweet Embrace was the biggest win of One More Honey’s short career to date, and while nothing is set in stone for the future, the trainer is already thinking a second group crown is not beyond the filly this preparation.
“It is up to the owners, we’ll see how she pulls up.” Thompson said.
“I dare say she will go to the Magic Night in two weeks.”