Jockey Jye McNeil rides Chiavari to victory at Caulfield Racecourse.
Chiavari has finally broken through for her maiden success at Caulfield and in doing so landed a betting plunge.
The Nick Harnett-trained mare won the Ladbrokes Multiverse Handicap after being supported from $20 into $9.50.
Ridden by Jye McNeil, Chiavari held off a late challenge from Mariquita ($18) to score a three-quarter length win with Moonlover ($9) a long head away third.
Chiavari had raced at Caulfield on 13 previous occasions, for four placings, and Harnett said the mare had been unlucky on a number of occasions against better company than she met on Saturday.
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“She’s run some very good races here against some good horses in stakes races, so it’s good to see her breakthrough today,” he said.
Harnett, a former champion jumps jockey, trains at Pakenham having shifted to a 20-acre property at Garfield, five minutes from the racecourse.
He said it suits his training style and is much quieter than the bigger training centres of Caulfield and Cranbourne.
A $50,000 yearling purchase in Adelaide, Chiavari has amassed almost $360,000 in prize money from her six wins from 39 starts.
“I wish I had a few more like her,” Harnett said of his stable star.