The impressive recent form of the Pencarrow Racing team continued at Matamata on Wednesday as talented mare Podravina (NZ) (Bel Esprit) took out the $11,000 Baker Racing 1600.
Trained by race sponsors Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, the four-year-old settled in midfield for rider Opie Bosson. She was travelling beautifully approaching the home turn, and she sprinted through a gap one off the rail to score by half a length.
Podravina has now had 12 starts for three wins, four placings and $43,785 in prizemoney.
Bred by Pencarrow Thoroughbreds Ltd and raced by Sir Peter Vela, Podravina is the first foal to race out of Posavina (NZ) (Tiger Hill), who carried the Pencarrow blue and white hoops to victory in the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m).
Posavina is a half-sister to another former Pencarrow star, Rasa Lila (NZ) (Darci Brahma), who won seven races including the Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) and Group 3 Cuddle Stakes (1600m). She also placed in the Group 1 Easter Handicap (1600m) and Windsor Park Plate (1600m).