Donna Scott produced a remarkable first-up training performance with stable newcomer Takissacod at Queanbeyan on Friday, and now she's dreaming of the ultimate prize.
"I don't think all the Kosciuszko tickets are gone yet," Scott said after winning the Benchmark 75 Federal Hanidcap (1200), transferred to the NSW track from Thoroughbred Park.
"I might have to put out a few tweets and things like that to see if anyone wants her."
Five-year-old Takissacod only joined Scott's Albury yard earlier this year having transferred from Norm Loy's care, and had never even placed in four first-up runs prior to Friday's effort.
"I said to the boys her form's not great first-up but she'd been working well and trialing well," Scott said.
"Normy Loy did a great job with her, her rating went through the roof with the races that she'd won and how competitive she was last start.
"We give her a bit of a break when she come to me, she put on a heap of weight. I did play it down a little bit, obviously I've only had her for this prep.
"She drew a nice gate, I said Queanbeyan, if she's on pace, she mightn't be far away from them.
"I can't complain with her, she's fallen in my lap and been a pleasure to deal with, easy horse going forward."
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Takissacod is a half sister to Scott Spackman's Rocket Tiger, which ran 10th to Stay Inside in this year's Golden Slipper, and will be aimed at a midweek race in town should a Kosciuszko ticket not materialise.
"She's related to that handy horse of Scotty Spackman's - if she could win a race in town, it just would make breeding ideal.
She beat home Canberra pair Exaggerate and Delacour in winning the Federal.
Meanwhile, star jockey Jamie Kah will fight a further two-month ban from racing in the supreme court, after she was found to have provided misleading evidence to stewards investigating an illegal Airbnb party south of Melbourne last month.
The suspension will be tacked onto the three months punishment she is already serving for attending the party, which has ruled her out of the lucrative spring carnival, and which means she won't ride again until the end of January.
Kah was found guilty this week of "providing stewards with false and/or misleading evidence" to stewards, having failed to mention the attendance of fellow jockey Mark Zahra at the party when questioned by stewards. She had pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Victorian Racing Tribunal chairman, Judge John Bowman decreed the additional two-month suspension should be served in addition to the original ban.
"We are of the opinion that a period of two months suspension should be imposed for this charge. . .and be cumulative in its entirety from the period of three months suspension imposed by the stewards in relation to AR 232 (b)," Bowman said.
"Thus the total period of suspension for both will be five months."
It's another blow to the 25-year-old hoop, who created history earlier this year by becoming the first jockey to ride 100 winners in a Victorian metropolitan season.
Zahra was also found guilty of the charge and handed an extra month on top of his original suspension.