Calypso Shannon proved she is no slouch after making it back to back wins in taking out the Psarakis Accounting Ladyship Pace at the Tamworth harness meeting on Thursday, and handing her trainer an early birthday present.
In a career that spans 58 race starts the seven-year-old mare notched her third career win – her first coming back in December 2015 – despite carrying a flat tyre.
Sarah Rushbrook took the reins once again and it is looking to be a formidable combination between horse and driver.
Commencing from the four barrier Calypso Shannon landed in the one by one racing position.
“She has got such a great little sprint on her this mare and she goes really well with a sit,” stated Rushbrook.
With She’s Heavenly (Dean Chapple) leading the field and Gallifrey Penny (Courtney Sutherland) racing out in the breeze Rushbrook was counting down to the finish line and at the 400m mark sent Calypso Shannon three wide around her opposition.
“If you burn her out of the gate too hard, she revs up and she won’t finish the race off. When we Iobbed in the one by one I thought this is just too good to be true,” she said.
Raced by Ivan Finlay of Gunnedah it is Finlay who normally looks after the training of Calypso Shannon but has left the mare in the hands of Rushbrook and trainer Scotty-Jon Welsh whilst he recuperates in hospital after an operation.
“I reckon he will have a grin from ear to ear,” Rushbrook said of Finlay.
For trainer Scotty-Jon Welsh it was an early 21 st birthday present.
“It was a good win - she is going good,” Welsh said, adding: “Sarah (Rushbrook) and I are looking after the mare since Ivan had his operation.”
“I didn’t think she could do it (win) again but she just proved us wrong.”
Calypso Shannon went on for a 3.9m win over Always A Jewel and Cresco Park (Emma Ison) 3.3m away third.