Zoe’s Promise wins Fillies Classic

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She is an apprentice at 23 and showed she has maturity and knowledge beyond her years with her victory aboard Zoe's Promise in the at .

After leading the 1600m Group 2 feature worth $300,000 before the turn, ' fancied Climbing Star overtook her on the inside coming onto the straight and it could've been all over.

But Kelly summoned her three-year-old to back, and what a fightback it was after trailing by three-quarters of a length at the 100m mark.

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Kelly's judgement to stay a little wide in Heavy 8 conditions went a long way to helping her prevail for , the trainer saying the way she summed up the surface was spot-on.

“That was the plan to roll off the fence. Alana walked the track and said 2-3 off the fence is probably a good spot to be,” Cannon told Racing.com.

“I saw her get there just before the turn.

“She's got a good repoire with the horse and she's going to be a jockey with a future.”

Kelly thought she might have made her move a bit too early, but also backed her filly to peg back the deficit late on the straight.

“Obviously the track is playing a bit today, and we're all trying to ride the best we can and it paid off,” she said.

“I thought I made a blue coming out so early. I was looking for that bit of better ground off the corner.

“I knew she (Climbing Star) had such a great turn of foot that she actually put half a length on me.

“But she's just so competitive that she pinned her back before the line.

“That's what you work for. To do it for a little team like the Cannons, it's absolutely phenomenal.”

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