Jinda ended last season by winning over 2400m at Benchmark 70 level at Sandown Hillside on July 24 at $41, the equal outsider of the field at her first metropolitan start.
Jinda ($21) followed that up with another success as the outsider of the field at Flemington, settling third in a six-horse field before driving clear in the straight to win by 2.25 lengths.
A last-start winner of the $150,000 VOBIS Gold Stayers (2400m) at Caulfield, Sopressa ($3.70) was runner-up, with Mazaz ($7.50) finishing third, a further two lengths adrift.
“I’ve just discovered she likes wet tracks,” Chris Hyland quipped after Jinda’s second-successive Heavy-track victory, the third metropolitan success for the stable since July 24.
“We’re having a nice run at the moment, we’ve only got a small team on-course at Cranbourne.
“We’ve scaled things down a bit. Dad (Pat) wanted to keep going until he was 100 (years old) and I said ‘I’m not into that, I’ll do 12 horses and that’s me’.”
Not A Single Cent ($2.70 favourite) only beat one runner home, that being Hush Writer ($8), who was eased out of contention over the final 200m with his rider Stephen Baster at a loss to explain the performance.
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