Alan Mathews’ patient approach has paid off when Pearl Trade scored a deserving win in the James Boag’s Premium Handicap (1200m).
Mathews has a big opinion of Pearl Trade, but an inability to settle in her races has been a major source of frustration for the Muchea trainer.
Mathews admitted his patience has been tested by the Trade Fair filly, but after her dominant win yesterday, he believes she may have turned the corner.
“We have always said we have to get it right and we have been trying different tricks,” Mathews said.
“She showed her true colours and hopefully it is onwards and upwards for her.”
With Vital Dancer setting a fast pace in front, Pearl Trade was able to buck her pattern of racing and settle perfectly from barrier one for jockey, Pat Carbery.
After peeling off the fence before the turn, Carberry drove Pearl Trade to the front half way down the straight.
Unleashing a strong sprint, she raced away to hit the line 2 ¼ lengths clear of Chesten Flyer, who ran on strongly for second.
Vital Dancer held on for third after attempting to lead all the way from barrier 12.
Pearl Trade, who started at $12.80, claimed her third career win from 12 starts and first since defeating Fine Scent at Belmont last July.
Mathews said a genuine tempo in front was the key to Pearl Trade’s first win at Ascot.
“There was pace and she was able to relax,” Mathews said.
“She never over raced and that’s been her whole problem.
“She jumped out quite steady and Pat (Carbery) didn’t have to kick her up.
“We kept making subtle changes and she showed what she can do.”