Pakenham Park’s mile on a hot summer’s early evening provided superb footing for MELODY CALLING to claim her maiden victory at only her third start (the second for Cumani Racing). She is a rather too keen worker at home and that’s how she began this race. Dean Holland asked her first and foremost to not waste energy. He had her settled before the turn, third on the fence. On straightening, the mare boldly pushed between runners and made her move. Once in front she “waited” a little, so Dean asked her with the whip and…she did it! Home for the win. More in store. 

Not only are we thrilled for her owner Eric Lucas, we know that her race day strapper was pretty pumped too – Tom Fanshawe, son of respected flat and jumps trainer James Fanshawe in Newmarket UK, has been riding the mare to imbue his calm serenity and have her settle.

There are expectations for MELODY CALLING. No wonder. This 4yo mare by Canford Cliffs is from the well-performed Rubiton mare, Personal Ensign, who was a city-class sprinter with 3 wins from only 8 starts that included Listed, G3 and (a third placing) Gr 2 – she is also the dam of Fontiton, a high-class filly who went on to make $1.1m as a broodmare. 



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