Patient approach pays off for Spackman’s Cama De Rosas

Cama De Rosas wins at Wagga
Five-year-old mare Cama De Rosas turned the tables with a big win at Wagga on August 31, 2017.
FIVE-YEAR-OLD mare Cama De Rosas has reversed its disappointing debut run at the beginning of the year by taking out the Big River Group Maiden Plate at Wagga on Thursday.

The lightly raced mare, which finished last in a field of 12 at Corowa in February, had to wait for a gap in the final 400m, but once that materialised jockey Brooke Sweeney drove the horse hard to the line to deliver a massive $40.70 to Sportsbet clients.

In a blanket finish behind the winner, Payday Princess ($4 dividend at fought hard on the rail to claim second ahead of I Dunno which returned $6.80 to customers.

Trainer Scott Spackman said there has been plenty to overcome for the five-year-old leading into its maiden win.

“We’ve had a lot of trouble with this filly,” he told

“It’s been a long process, she’s been injured a few times and things just haven’t gone right.

“She’s a half sister to Living On A Prayer, so there’s a bit of pressure there, but the owners have been very patient and this win means a lot.”

It was a sentimental win for Spackman, who admitted it could have been the last run the horse had for him had it not produced.

“I suppose if she didn’t do anything today she was nearly gone,” he said.

“I cannot fault the owners, they have been extremely patient.

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“They’ve been very, very patient, which is really good and takes the pressure of me personally.”

Despite not getting the ideal race to suit on Thursday, the trainer said everything fell into place nicely for the horse, including a race-winning ride by Sweeney.

“I was hoping we’d get a 1000m race today,” the trainer explained.

“They way Brooke rode her though made all the difference, she’s rode it a treat.”

Sweeney had to negotiate her way through a number of runners to get clear air deep into the straight, but the 22-year-old remained composed and awaited the opening.

Spackman said despite the traffic he was confident the horse would take out the race.

“At the 200 I said ‘she’s going to get there’ because you could see her darting and she did that all in her work.”

While reluctant to heap any expectations following the maiden victory, Spackman was optimistic that the horse’s temperament will hold it in good stead going forward.

“She’s a game little bugger, hopefully she goes home after the win and pulls up well,” he said.

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