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Win number one, finally

A frustrating run of outs ended for 5YO gelding Rohzhae ($5.50 – $3.70), who took out the 1200m maiden by the narrowest of margins in Hobart on Sunday.

Placed at 11 of his 16 starts, Rohzhae settled just behind the pace and grabbed the well-supported Captain Taz ($4.20 – $3.30) in the last stride to win by a nose.

"At first, it was frustrating, and then we were just happy to run second every time he went out," trainer Imogen Miller said with a laugh.

"To be honest, we just threw him in today. It's good to have all the owners here on course, and he was really good."

To add to the drama, Rohzhae had to survive a protest from the rider of the second horse.

The form line through Rohzhae proved fruitful with Loud Mouth, who had finished third behind Rohzhae at his most recent start, taking out the next race on the card, a 1400m maiden.

Loud Mouth ($2.00 – $1.60) jumped away beautifully but then eased to take a trail behind Gold Proof, before hitting the front as they turned for home and withstanding a fast finishing burst from Mateus ($5) to win by a head.

Drought broken

It's been a long time between drinks, but Hall of Fame trainer Walter McShane was back in the winner's circle, with Prewingo taking out the Maiden/Class 1 (1600m).

It was the veteran trainer's first win since March 2018 and the first win for Prewingo ($18) at start 17.

"I've never given up my interest in horses; I've got them all around me still. I've got the family helping all the time, and I couldn't do it without them," the popular trainer said after the race.

It took the judge a long time but eventually, there was a verdict to seperate the three horses that hit the line together in the 1400m BM60.

In what was the closest finish of the two-day Hobart Carnival, Princess Matoaka ($12 – $5.50) made it two in a row, winning by a nose from Lord Whitegate ($12) with Our Little Ted ($23) a nose away third.

Princess Matoaka has always shown ability and has won her past two starts to take her record to three wins from 15 starts with four second placings.


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