The Anthony Freedman-trained Benenden continued to enhance her record over the summer months, winning his fourth race from seven starts at Flemington on Saturday.
Benenden was afforded a perfect ride by two kilo claiming apprentice Andrew Stead. He positioned his mount three wide with cover, tracking Quicksilver Lass into the race.
Peeling off the heels of Quicksilver Lass at the 350 metre mark, Benenden ($4.80) finished the stronger to win the $80,000 Spotless Handicap (1420m) for three and four-year-old fillies and mares by three quarters of a length.
Quicksilver Lass ($7) fought on admirably for second with Grave ($10) working home from a midfield position for third.
“She’s a very nice filly and she could have won by further if she learnt how to run through the line,” Stead said.
“We were pretty lucky to get cover from that barrier (barrier 12 of 13). We were only ever going to be three wide from out there.
“She got to the front very easily. I think she’s got bigger things in store for her.”
Benenden has won four of her past five starts at venues Cranbourne, Ballarat, Caulfield and now Flemington.
Stead was indentured to Grahame Begg prior to linking up with Anthony Freedman towards the end of last month after coming back from a leg injury. He has had 30 rides since for three wins.
“I’ve only been back riding a couple of weeks now and things have been a little slow but hopefully things pick up," he added.