The Margaret Falconer-trained Swinging Skirts caused an upset at Matamata when she took out the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1400m) on Wednesday.
It was the third win for the six-year-old mare and Falconer believes a step back from weekend company and the addition of blinkers assisted her runner.
“It’s obviously a bit of a drop back from Saturday races with her and Lynsey (Satherley, jockey) put her into the race, so it worked out well,” Falconer said.
“She has got a good 600m sprint when she can get close enough to them and the blinkers probably sharpened her up a bit too.
“Hopefully she can go on with it now, although she is now in-foal so she hasn’t got too long now.”