Countess Rostova added to her impressive second-up record claiming the 0-58 Handicap (1100m) at Wodonga last weekend.
The five-year-old mare ran tenth in her first outing of the campaign eight days earlier but turned around her form to claim a second career win on Saturday.
Starting the race at $17 odds, Countess Rostova saluted by a length and three quarters with stablemate Volere also challenging for the win before finishing third.
She now has two wins and a second from four second-up runs.
“She profiled nicely for today’s win as she was a dominant second-up winner last campaign,” Andrew Dale said.
“She was held up at the top of the straight, but the run came late, and she dashed through.
“Nathan Punch has a great temperament and was able to get the job done.”
The five-year-old mare by Declaration Of War was purchased via online auction for $2,500 in December Inglis Digital Sale in 2020.
“She’s been a great money spinner for us after she was purchased cheaply via Inglis Digital,” Dale said.
Meanwhile, Diss ‘N’ Dat also placed at Wodonga running third in race seven.
The three-year-old has a win and two placings in his past four starts.
Words: Justin Jenvey