Central Districts raider Lucyinrio produced a gritty effort at Ruakaka on Saturday to take out the main race of the day, the $35,000 Trigg Construction Open (1200m).
The stakes placed seven-year-old raced away in the closing stages of the contest after sitting outside the pace in the five-horse field for most of the journey.
Masterton trainer Kylie Little was all smiles as she waited for Lucyinrio to return to the Ruakaka birdcage.
“It’s a long long way from home but today was worthwhile alright,” Little said.
“We left her (Lucyinrio) up here with Denise Jeffcoat after her last start at Ellerslie so a big thank you to her as she has done a wonderful job with her. It was a super ride by Trudy (Thornton) as well, just outstanding.
“She’ll stay up here now and come back and race here in two weeks’ time.”
Lucyinrio has now recorded five wins from 37 starts, with this latest victory taking her stake earnings to more than $137,000.