I Got Music was on song at Alexandra Park on Thursday night when recording her maiden victory in the Lonestar Alex Park Performance Of The Night Handicap Trot (2700m).
The daughter of multiple Group One winner Allegro Agitato stepped away well from the front mark and got into a cosy position three back on the pegs.
Trainer and driver Kyle Marshall pulled her three-wide turning for home where she was able to gather in Miss Slippers to win by 1-1/2 lengths, with a further neck back to Natty Pagger in third.
Marshall was delighted with the win, with the Cambridge horseman citing a gear change as a big assist for the lightly raced mare.
“It was her third start and she showed that she has got a bit of ability,” Marshall said.
“She was a lot better with the blinds off. She stepped with them and could see them without being too fierce.
“During the running she was laidback, which is why she did have the blinds on (originally), but I left the plugs and she ended up doing it quite easily.”
Marshall said the only concern he had going into Thursday night was I Got Music’s standing start manners.
“I was confident with her ability, the only question was whether she would step or not,” he said.
“I gave her plenty of practice at home, and that had been good, but she would just get to the races and freak out a wee bit. But without the blinds I think that did the trick.
“Once she trots she is alright.”
Marshall said he would now focus I Got Music towards more Alexandra Park assignments in the coming months.
“We will probably keep going around Auckland now and just work her way through the grades,” he said.
Marshall has a couple of her siblings in his barn, including Group Three performer Lady Be Good, and Itaintnecessarilyso, a two-year-old Creatine colt.
“I have got those two mares (I Got Music and Lady Be Good) and the younger colt that broke in quite nicely. He is back in work now and hopefully he will make a nice two-year-old.”
Marshall has now recorded four wins this season and he is hoping to add to that tally at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday.
“I am really happy with the way things have started this season. I am getting a few to the races now which is good,” he said.
“We have got six nominated (for Cambridge this week),” Marshall said. “Onedin Punter went really well first-up for me (fourth) and his work has been really good since.” – Cambridge Raceway