Ravi recorded her first race win since 2016 with a tough performance in the 2017 Sheraco Stakes at Rosehill Gardens this afternoon.

Ravi returned to winning form with a strong effort in the Sheraco Stakes. Photo by: Steve Hart

Ravi returned to winning form with a strong effort in the Sheraco Stakes. Photo by: Steve Hart

Luck in running cost Ravi in her three race starts during her Autumn campaign, but Team Snowden elected to take their luck into their own hands in the Sheraco Stakes and Kerrin McEvoy took up the running in the early stages of the race.

There were plenty of dangers for Ravi in the final 200 metres, but she kept finding the line to claim her first victory since she took out the Just Now Handicap in Brisbane at the end of 2016.

McEvoy has had plenty to do with Ravi during her racing career to date and the in-form hoop was delighted that the change in tactics had paid dividends in the Sheraco Stakes.

“She is a quality race mare and she has just been fluffing the start and getting at the back with bad luck,” McEvoy said.

“She was in good races and she wasn’t getting the rub of the green.

“Peter and Paul decided to just get her out of the barriers better and get her in a better spot.

“She had a good run there and she showed a superior turn-of-foot.

“She won nicely.”

Team Snowden was quick to pay credit to the ride of McEvoy and he believes that the daughter of Redoute’s Choice is in for a big 2017 Spring Racing Carnival campaign.

“It was a gun ride,” Snowden said.

“We wanted to be a bit positive and she looked like she was going to get caught three deep, but Kerrin persevered and she travelled really well.

“There was plenty to like about her last 200 metres – she really travelled well.

“I thought that she had the ability to win a race like this, but her form last time in was tampering off, but we were committed to changing her racing pattern and it certainly seems to have worked.

“She won with authority and there are stakes races for her everywhere over the next couple of months.”

Perizada produced one of the best performances of her career to finish second, while the talented Omei Sword was left with too much work to do and she was never able to get into the race.

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