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Last Vein easily

Promising three-year-old filly Last Vein, trained by Tony McEvoy, broke through for her initial won on the Geelong Synthetic track on Friday, August 17.

Winning jockey Luke Currie said he believed there was plenty of upside for Last Vein.

A red hot $1.80 favourite, Last Vein settled second outside the leader in the Bet365 Maiden (1300m) before sprinting away to win by 1-1/2 lengths from Paroodus ($5.50) with Sword of Mercy ($7), two lengths away third.

Currie said the filly had been unlucky at her previous start when third at the same track a week earlier.

“She got caught wide and while she might not have beaten the winner, would have run second,” Currie said.

“When Tony put the blinkers on I thought she would be a lot better suited.

“She is still learning but today she was straight into the bridle and I was able to control the race.

“I think she has more to give and can get further.”

Part-owner Sam Liston was delighted with the win but saddened that it was another winner for Three Bridges Thoroughbred’s ill-fated stallion Unencumbered.

“I think that is his sixth winner in the past week,” Liston said.

A winner of five of his 10 starts, Unencumbered stood at Three Bridges in Victoria until his untimely passing in March. He stood four seasons and covered more than 500 mares.

“Tony always said the filly had ability and she has improved with racing.

“She was a bit unlucky last week but got the job done today.

“We’ll leave it to Tony to map out a program for her as he and the team have done a great job with her.”