Shoko (right) has secured an important stakes victory with an all-the-way success at Moonee Valley.
John Sadler says he felt like an intruder after a mare only recently transferred to his stable scored a valuable stakes race win at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day.
Shoko was trained by Peter Morgan who recentl sent his horses to his mate Sadler and took a step back from training after the property he was training at was put on the market.
Last weekend at Caulfield, the former Morgan-trained Sircconi won a Group Three race and on Saturday Shoko added a front-running win in the Group Three Powerflo Solutions Stakes (1600m).
Both Morgan and Sadler were on hand to celebrate.
Sadler said it was an important win for the five-year-old mare, her first stakes victory in her sixth start after making her debut in August.
“I’m just happy for all concerned,” Sadler said.
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“They paid good money for this horse and she’s now won a Group Three race. It just enhances her value like you wouldn’t believe.”
It was a satisfying win for jockey Linda Meech who has been aboard in all of Shoko’s races.
Meech controlled the race on Shoko ($9) and kicked away rounding the home turn before holding off Mamzelle Tess ($16) by a half neck.
Princess Posh ($9) was another 1-3/4 lengths away third.
“Isn’t she just a star,” Meech said.
“She’s done me so proud. I just love this filly. I’ve loved her since she was a yearling.
“I can’t tell you how much fun she is to ride. She’s got plenty of attitude but she’s got plenty of guts, too.”