Guymer lifts O’Shea’s mare

FIGHTING QUALITIES: The John O'Shea-trained Carambola was given a quality steer by Shaun Guymer at Kembla Grange on Saturday. Picture: Anna Warr
FIGHTING QUALITIES: The John O'Shea-trained Carambola was given a quality steer by Shaun Guymer at Kembla Grange on Saturday. Picture: Anna Warr

John O'Shea reckons Carambola has come back a stronger horse this preparation, but the mare needed the strength of in-form jockey Shaun Guymer to get her over the line at Kembla Grange on Saturday afternoon.

She's a nice progressive mare

John O'Shea

Vigorous riding from Guymer over the final furlong helped Carambola ($3) fight off the challenge of Superbowl Sunday ($1.90) after the Mark Newnham's race favourite climbed off the canvas to launch one final assault.

Carambola stayed tough in the hunt for the post to prevail by a half head to Superbowl Sunday, with Ivira just a half neck away in third.

"She's a nice progressive mare," O’Shea said.

"It was a good effort so she is on the board and should go through her grades quite nicely.

"She was a bit new her first preparation and had a good spell. She has come back and strengthened up."

Carambola’s win completed a winning double for O’Shea, who was on-track to witness the display.

Foxpack ($6.50) proved to be the thorn in the side of favourite backers in the Kembla Grange Maiden Plate (1000m).

The filly surged down the outside to grab Gwenda Markwell’s Charm Offensive ($1.70) in her final strides as Litchfield battled on well to finish third.

O’Shea’s Pop Girl also finished third in the final event.

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