Date: June 24 2012
WHILE Black Caviar was only hours away from her first international appearance in England, her devoted strapper was back in Melbourne leading in a winner at Flemington yesterday.
Donna Fisher wasn't part of the travelling party for Black Caviar's Diamond Jubilee Stakes assignment at Royal Ascot and while she would have loved to be there, she was delighted to welcome There's Only One back to the winner's circle after the Winter Championship Series Heat (1420 metres).
''It's sort of a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to England but he can't take everybody,'' Fisher said.
''There's still a hundred horses at home that have to be looked after.''
The Peter Moody-trained There's Only One was sent out the $3.10 favourite and Daniel Stackhouse maintained a perfect record on the mare as he guided her to a three-quarter-length win over Future Solution with 3¾ lengths to third-placed Sophrosyne.
The stable brought up a winning double in the final race when Linda Meech guided three-year-old filly Genuine Spin to a four-length win in the Bruce Gadsden Handicap (2000m).
Fisher wasn't surprised to see There's Only One bring up her eighth win from 17 starts.
''I know she tries so hard and any horse that tries that hard is always a chance,'' Fisher said.
''Her rider [Stackhouse] is five from five on her now. He knows how to ride her so I was confident.''
There's Only One strengthened her claims for the Winter Championship Final (1600m) on July 7 and Stackhouse said the mare should prove hard to beat again.
The victory was an early birthday present for Stackhouse who turns 22 tomorrow.
''She's only a small mare but she has won from 1200 metres to 2000 metres and not many horses do that,'' Stackhouse said.
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