It may have taken five starts to break her maiden, but Rosemont Stud owned-and-bred mare Ethekwini showed there were more in store the way she surged to a strong victory at Kyneton on Monday.

The $1.30 favourite went forward in the 1118m, however was forced to endure much pressure from two long shot horses for most of the race. 

Jockey John Allen said the three-year-old filly was entitled to tire late however he was impressed with her will to win.

"It wasn't ideal having two of them racing us all the way, but she did manage to switch off mid-race and then she found strongly when she was challenged by the fresh on the scene late," Allen said.

The daughter of Savabeel had finished runner-up on three occasions in her first four starts over sprint trips however Allen said post race he thought the filly could step out in trip and continue her good form.

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