Jar Of Hearts continued the promising start to her career at Tyers Park on Monday with her victory in the Schweppes Class 2 Handicap (1,300 metres).
Jockey Greg Ryan helped Jar Of Hearts ($2 favourite) earn her second straight win, and her fourth victory in 10 career races, to follow on from her success at Parkes last start.
Turf Tapper ($3.60) was the runner-up just under three lengths off the pace while Bathurst trainer Peter Stanley and his chance Dungannon ($15) were third.
Winning trainer Cameron Crockett continues to be impressed by the four-year-old Ad Valorem mare.
“She’s just come back really, really good after a spell. She strengthened up quite a bit and she’s run quite well there,” he said.
“I was quite happy with the way she was ridden. She’s normally a little bit closer but I was happy for her to be where she was stepping up to the 1,300m. We’re going to go up to 1,400m next for The Championships. I’m really happy.
“We’ve got two wins on the board [this preparation] and we’ve got a lot of confidence with the horse. We’ll keep her one piece for the next four weeks and away we go.”
Jar Of Hearts took the lead away from Special Silk with 200m to go in Monday’s race.
Turf Tapper looked set to offer a challenge to Jar Of Hearts in the closing stages but the three-year-old, trained by former Bathurst resident Bjorn Baker, raced erratically down the outside of the track.
Jockey Charles Bishop opted to pull the gelding up inside the final 50m for second.
The win gives Jar of Hearts a 40% win rate in ten.