She has always had an extravagant action, but now Subpoenaed has a group 2 to match after taking the Golden Pendant at Rosehill on Saturday.
A beautifully judged ride from Tommy Berry, who 40 minutes earlier had been at his best to win the Golden Rose on Ole Kirk, offered Subpoenaed the chance to launch from midfield and she took the opportunity.
For punters, it was the wrong Chris Waller horse. Favourite Haut Brion Her succumbed late after finding it tough to find the front from a wide gate. She eventually whittled to run seventh.
Waller quickly changed his attention to the winner in the straight when Subpoenaed emerged from the pack.
“There was good speed on and the barrier draw helped us be a little bit closer," Waller said. “She has been able to be that close for a while.
The man of the moment, Tommy Berry, was nice and patient. He pushed the button at the right time.Chris Waller
“The man of the moment, Tommy Berry, was nice and patient. He pushed the button at the right time.
“Those leaders just had to compound over the concluding stages and she was dominant at the end.”
Subpoenaed charged away to win by 1-1/4 lengths from Emeralds with Jen Rules beating a wall of horses for third. She will head on to a Golden Eagle path with the 1300m of the Silver Eagle in a fortnight to be her next start.
“Around this 1400m-1500m mark is probably her best trip when he can travel and be closer like that because she has a good sprint,” Waller said.
He admitted the way the race favoured Subpoenaed, which bided her time back in the field, and left Haut Brion Her vulnerable. Waller had considered her an Everest chance before the race, it left her only an outside chance of filling his open slot.
“There was a lot of pressure early. She couldn’t cross them from 500m after the start,” Waller said. “She did get a breather mid-race, but the petrol was burning.
“We’ll freshen her up and find a race for her in three weeks' time, maybe back at 1200m. With a bit of luck, she can bounce back.”
Berry thought he had the race in his keeping before the turn, with the pressure up front and his mare in a rhythm with plenty left to give.
“I had the perfect run and, coming to the turn, Seasons just took me to where I had to be,” Berry said. “She stretched out well and when I was able to pull the stick through to the right, she quickened up so nice. She was very strong late.
"It is the sort of win we thought she had in her, the difference is she drew a gate and could closer because she has always had that turn of foot.
“It’s been a while since I won on her. Thanks to the owners, who have stuck loyal with me because she’s been frustrating at times, but it was nice to get the win on the board today."