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Harness Racing: Mariahs Shadow breaks maiden

Mariahs Shadow finally broke her maiden status at the 49th time of asking after taking the honours at Globe Derby on Tuesday.

Connections have been patient to say the least but have finally been rewarded after Mariahs Shadow got up at the line to edge out Major West by a half-neck.

Patience is rewarded

Mariahs Shadow is owned and trained by Suzanne Grace and despite failing to pick up a win in 48 attempts, she says she never lost faith in her five-year-old.

Grace says Mariahs Shadow has put on some weight since she first welcomed her on board and is now a totally different horse.

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"When I got her a little over a year ago she was a bit on the light side and looked very much like a young two-year-old instead of a three-year-old," Grace said after the win.

"She really needed to fill out and mature, which she has only really done in last six months and it’s only in the last few months she’s decided she wants to be a racehorse.

"I certainly have had to be patient with her, but I was told breeding wise she won’t come good until she is five or six."

More to come

Grace was delighted with the win and believes there is more to come from Mariahs Shadow as she gets even stronger.

"She worked so well leading up to the race and I was quite pleased with her," Grace added. "I told my husband she will go well and she did.

"She still needs to get stronger in herself but is improving, so I will keep working on her and hope she can mature further. I’ll probably put her around again next Monday and then see how she goes from there."

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