Premiership table hots up

Rachine has given Danny O'Brien some breathing space near the top of the Victorian Metropolitan Trainers Premiership following her win at Sandown yesterday.

The three-year-old filly's win extends O'Brien's season tally to 32 metro winners taking him two clear of fellow Flemington trainers Mark Kavanagh and David Hayes.

The Premiership race is all but over with the Caulfield-based Peter Moody having already reached 51 winners in what is a career best season for him, but the race for second is certain to provide an interesting battle between the Flemington trainers over the next few months.

Rachine's first-up win in the 1000m restricted 0-72 fillies' event was her first since joining O'Brien's stable after racing as a two-year-old in New Zealand's feature juvenile events.

"We have always had a good opinion of her but she has taken some work for her to learn to relax in her races," O'Brien said.

In yesterday's race, jockey James Winks produced a cool ride given he never panicked after his mount missed the start, and he then showed even more composure as the field rounded the turn and he was stuck between horses.

Winks bide his time before pushing Rachine into the clear when a gap presented itself to win from the fast-finishing Royal Commands.

"She can fire up, so I just let her tow into the race at her own speed and when the gap finally came, she burst through it and sprinted very quickly," Winks said.

Rachine, pictured above on the inside in the driving finish, finished in the runners-up stall twice last preparation and O'Brien is hoping yesterday's result is a sign of a what is to come this campaign.

"She will take a lot of confidence from the win and hopefully that is the catalyst for her go on to bigger and better things."

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