There was plenty of commotion on the track before Ken Dunbar and Sass'N'Twinkle made it clear that they were going to be the ones celebrating at the end.
The Dubbo based jockey and Orange based horse have made a good pairing in the past, and that matchup made for a spectacular win on Tuesday when the two took out the Keirles Pharmacy Class 1 and Maiden Plate 1700m race in Wellington.
...they were all sitting there cantering at the top of the hill, so I thought I'd better get on my bike and get going.Ken Dunbar
The Sonja Sharp trained mare looked set to fall behind the pack and miss a return to the previous winning form it had shown on the same track in April, until a bolt of speed just past the mid-way mark carried it to the front.
Ken Dunbar was glad to see Sass'N'Twinkle back to her previous winning form on the familiar ground.
"She won a maiden here and it was a bit of a mixed bag of a race, they went, then they stopped, then they went, then they stopped," Dunbar told Sky Racing afterwards.
"Yeah, well, I like a long race for a reason, because she hasn't got a great deal of dash, they were all sitting there cantering at the top of the hill, so I thought I'd better get on my bike and get going."