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Litter success continues for local trainer

It took a while, but rising three-year-old Diva’s Secret finally won her first race when holding out Langhorne Creek trainer Tony Hinrichsen’s five opponents in Thursday’s Metal Worx Maiden Stake (400 metres) at Tara Raceway.

By Aston Dee Bee out of Majestic Tale, Diva’s Secret was sold as a four-month-old pup to Victorian interests by Morphett Vale breeder Damien Smith. However, 2½ years later he found himself with the 24 kilograms bitch back in his kennels.

Richard Clayfield with Diva’s Secret, the first leg of a winning double at Tara Raceway on Thursday.

“She ended up back here after having only a few runs in Victoria,” he said. “I gave her one run at Angle Park last month over 342 metres but when she didn’t perform I gave Richard Clayfield a ring to see if he was interested.”

The Glenroy-based Clayfield knows the litter well. He owns and trains litter sister Glenville Rose, a winner of nine races at Tara Raceway.

He also trained Shimmy Sharna, of which he is still a part-owner, in her first two wins prior to the fawn bitch finding her way back to Smith’s kennels. Her win over 400 metres last Wednesday at Gawler was the start of a couple of good days for the litter.

And Fab Six, who won his maiden at Tara Raceway at his first start for Clayfield, is now based in Victoria and has won 17 races.

Diva’s Secret was the first leg of a winning double for the long-time trainer who was more than happy with Curious Nick’s effort in the final event, the Trackside Meats 1-4 Wins Stake (512 m).

“I reckon that’s the best he’s gone,” Clayfield said. “I thought he went to the line pretty well and his time of 30.08 seconds is easily the quickest he’s run.”

By My Redeemer, Curious Nick is out of Chit Chat Chicki, a winner at Wentworth Park, Richmond and Bulli. Thursday’s double was Clayfield’s first since May 28, 2020 when he had been successful with Fab Six and Rouse Rocket.

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