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Enchanted Heart Passes Stiff First Up Test

Stakes racing awaits Enchanted Heart after the consistent mare upstaged the previously unbeaten Lost And Running at Canterbury on Wednesday.

First up following a breakout prep in late 2020, Enchanted Heart continued her progression through the grades with a slender victory over boom four-year-old Lost And Running.

Under the guidance of Jason Collett, the pair didn't let the odds-on favourite out of their sights in transit and edged ahead of the promising sprinter over the dying stages for a slender success.

"I was really happy with the ride," Kris Lees Stable Foreman Cameron Swan said.

"The instructions were to get back a little bit because I didn't want her to be wide from the bad gate. She began really well, Jason (Collett) summed it up great, ended up on the back of the favourite in that stalking position and was good enough to get the job done."

The Lees stable believes there is improvement to come from the daughter of Shamus Award with connections eyeing off black type events during the tail end of the autumn carnival.

"Kris (Lees) said he is looking at the races at Scone and Hawkesbury - the Crown and the Dark Jewel," Cameron said.

"She is a horse that tends to get better as the preparation progresses so it is looking good for her."

It was Jason Collett's first win aboard Enchanted Heart who partnered the mare at the end of her last campaign when second to Edison in a 7 f Benchmark 88 Handicap at Rosehill on December 5.

"She was consistent last prep, she proved that on a Saturday," Collett said.

"She trialled nicely in readiness for today and has come back in good order.

"Performing first up at this level, she didn't do that last prep. She's definitely improved and might be looking towards stakes level."

The Kris Lees stable and Australian Bloodstock both came away from Canterbury with doubles.

Earlier in the program, their imported UK mare Grande Rumore made a winning Australian debut in the Davali Thoroughbreds Benchmark 72 4YO+ Mares Handicap (1200m).


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