Seannie made a sparking return to Perth racing and will target Ascot feature races after she claimed the Evolution AV Handicap (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday.
Backed from $5.50 to $4.60 and scoring in her stable debut for trainer Lindsey Smith, Seannie charged home from fifth at the turn for jockey Lucy Warwick to score by a half-length.
Minus Looks, who took the lead at the 200m mark from pacesetter, Oliver’s Travels, ran second, ahead of the fast-finishing Candlelight Star from last position.
Seannie flashed potential as a two-year-old when she won the Listed Supremacy Stakes (1000m) and ran third in the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes (1100m) under the guidance of previous trainer, Simon Miller.
After finishing sixth as the favourite to Lucy Mae in the 2017 Karrakatta Plate (1200m), the Sebring four-year-old departed for the eastern states and raced on eight occasions for co-trainers, Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young.
The mare produced her best results at Moonee Valley where she scored a 1200m victory and placed third behind Tulip in the Group 3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m). She returned home to Perth following her last run at Morphettville when unplaced in May.
Smith believes the key to Seannie, who boosted her first-up record to four wins from five starts, was spacing her runs and keeping her fresh.
“There were positive signs because it looked like she wanted to be there the horse,” Smith said.
“If you can keep her together and space her runs there is a good race in her
“It’s good to have her in the stable.”
Smith said the fillies and mares’ series, commencing with the Jungle Mist Classic (1200m) on November 24, looms as a suitable next race for Seannie.