Swinging back to top form

The in-foal Swinging Skirts (Lynsey Satherley) returning to top form at Matamata yesterday.

The Margaret Falconer-trained Swinging Skirts caused an upset at Matamata when winning the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1400m) yesterday.

It was the third win for the six-year-old Swiss Ace mare and Falconer believes a step back from weekend company and the addition of blinkers assisted her runner.

“It’s obviously a bit of a drop back from Saturday races with her and Lynsey (Satherley, jockey) put her into the race, so it worked out well,” Falconer said.

“She has got a good 600m sprint when she can get close enough to them and the blinkers probably sharpened her up a bit too.

“Hopefully she can go on with it now, although she is now in foal so she hasn’t got too long now.”

Swinging Skirts tailed the field and was put into the race from the 600m when Satherley improved her three-wide around the field.

Turning for home Swinging Skirts was up challenging the leaders and after leading with 200m to go she kept going strongly to the finish to win by three-quarters of a length from the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Lady Blue.