Yarraman Park bred and sold Shooting To Win mare Centrefire completed a red-letter day for trainer Chris Munce when she defied fast-finishing I Am Invincible mare Maybe The Best to win the Listed Kingsley Lawson Gai Waterhouse Classic (1200m) at Ipswich.
Munce had earlier won the day’s feature Ipswich Cup with Smart Meteor.
Ridden by Samantha Collett, Centrefire led them around the home turn and kept up a strong gallop along the rails to edge out Maybe The Best.
The evergreen @munceracing stable continues their mighty run with CENTREFIRE who takes the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic 🏆
— RaceQ (@RaceQLD) June 18, 2022
“It has been a terrific day,” Munce said.
“I really thought that this mare with the one gate, before the track was the way it was, had a genuine winning chance.
“I know she won first-up on a heavy 10, but I was still a bit concerned with the pattern of racing.
“She is very fit, and Sam knows her well and rated her beautifully. She timed her run beautifully.”
A $100,000 purchase by her trainer from the Yarraman Park draft at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Centrefire advances her record to eight and six placings from 38 starts with earnings of $342,850.
She is the best of six winners from as many to race out of the three time winning Exceed And Excel mare Coco Kerringle, who was on-sold in 2019 and is a half-sister to Group I Vinery Stud Stakes winner Murjulisa Lass.