Ontrack mare Cymbalism found her way back to winning form with a bang on the Geelong synthetic track.
The Denman mare made a promising start to her career with a third and a fourth at Canterbury and followed that with a convincing maiden win over highly rated Star of Monsoon at the Scone carnival last May.
“She was a filly who took a fair while to strengthen and that’s why Chris Waller didn’t line her up until the autumn of her three-year-old season,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“It’s fair to say that she didn’t live up to her initial promise, but she has been a mare who has taken a long time to mature and she often proved a difficult horse to ride because she doesn’t like being cluttered up or restrained.
“A lot of jockeys made the mistake of taking a hold and trying to get her to settle and all that achieved was to fire her up.
“We tried her in Victoria from Chris Waller’s Flemington stable, but she didn’t race generously so we gave her a let-up and transferred her to Chris Meagher at Mornington. She’s had three runs for Chris with yesterday’s win and a third on the Pakenham synthetic track.
“Jake Noonan has done a good job in his two rides and he quickly summed things up and didn’t try and fight the mare. As a result, she has proved a lot more tractable and she travelled well in the running at Geelong before putting her rivals to the sword a long way from home.
“Her win was very dominant, but to be fair it was what you’d expect given the strength of the field.”
Grant Morgan said the future for Cymbalism remains to be decided.
“We have entered her for the Inglis Great Southern Sale in Melbourne next month and we have to make a decision on her future. At Ontrack we endeavor to win Saturday metropolitan races for our owners, so we will need to reassess this mare in light of that expectation,” said Grant Morgan.
A $130,000 purchase by Ontrack Thoroughbreds from the 2015 Magic Millions Sale, Cymbalism is from a family which produced plenty of good winners for the Ingham family’s Woodland operation.
“Cymbalism is related to the good sprinters Yell and Anthems and she has always had her share of speed but has required time to strengthen and Chris has allowed her the time to build up and mature.
She is not a mare who carries a lot of condition, so it comes as no surprise to see her develop with time,” said Grant Morgan.
Congratulations the winning connections of Cymbalism: Ontrack Thoroughbreds Cymbal Syndicate, Beau River Racing Syndicate, Chris Burdon, Martin Connor, Denis and Margaret Frew, Mark Ostermeyer, Russell and Jacqui Pawley, Andrew Tranter, WBC Racing (Syndicate), Lang Brothers Racing, Ryan Lawlor, A Connor Syndicate, D and R Syndicate, Lisa Saxton.