Not usual getting win

Not Usual June (inner) fighting back best to win at Otaki.

Not Usual June may have started out as a travelling companion for the trip to Otaki today, but the Cambridge filly exceeded expectations.

Having her fourth start, the daughter of Snippetson prevailed in the Gardner Homes (1200m).

“She was more here as a travelling mate for the two-year-old (Rhaegar), to help him out,” said co-trainer Andrew Forsman, who also shares in the ownership of the promising filly.

“We knew she was working up well enough. It was just whether she was race fit was the question mark.”

Rhaegar started a $2.90 favourite in the Kapiti Signs (800m) two-year-old event, but was a well beaten fifth behind the decisive winner Trifolium.

However, there was jubilation in the camp when Not Usual June adding to the winning haul for Forsman and training partner Murray Baker.

Ridden by Robbie Hannam, Not Usual June was soon clear in front, but then joined in the lead approaching the home turn and headed in the straight by Press Release.

Refusing to give in, Not Usual June fought back strongly to get her head in front at the winning post, scoring by a long head from Press Release.

“I thought she’d come to the end of her run 200m out, but things were probably in her favour when the favourite was three-deep without cover and that told the last little bit,” said Forsman.

Not Usual June was having her first start since May last year when third to London Express on a heavy11 track at New Plymouth.

That placing followed a second on a dead5 track at Hastings when chasing home Total Excess.