GLORY AT LAST
CERTAIN GLORY, finally broke her maiden status at Gundagai, and what a well-deserved victory that was. She was transferred from John O’Shea to Keith Dryden earlier in the year and, after resuming on 1 June, has raced very consistently. In her first seven starts for Keith she ran five placings, so she has kept threatening to win without actually doing so. However, she is proving to be a tough girl as she keeps pulling up well, so we have been able to continue the preparation trying to win a race. After running third on the same Nowra program where Roman Alliance won she was beaten in a very hot maiden field at Goulburn, and, with a couple of options for her two weeks ago, Keith took the one with the best barrier draw, and she dropped back to 1400m at Gundagai. She was very well-ridden by Lauri Wray, who had the mare in the right place at the right time throughout the race and presented her in perfect timing in the straight to challenge. Certain Glory did the rest by going on to score a one-length victory. She has come through the race well again, and her next start will have an important bearing on her longer-term career in seeing how she handles non-maiden company after such a long battle to win her maiden. She has now had thirteen career starts for one win and seven placings, but we are all very thankful that she eventually got to the winning post first.