Updated: Nov 18, 2022
The Shane Nichols-trained Exceedingly Magic was an impressive winner of the Anderson's Removals Maffra Maiden Plate over 1106m at Sale on Monday.
TBB Racing and partners were thrilled to get the win with the four-year-old mare, as she has been somewhat of an enigma for the Shane Nichols Stable since her purchase at the 2019 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.
"Outstanding result for the ownership group," TBB Racing's Todd Blum said.
"She has always shown Shane that she has plenty of ability, it has just been a handful to keep her together for long enough to get back to the races.
"It's a testament to Shane Nichols and his team for the work that they have put in with this mare and very excited for her future."
Shane Nichols was equally satisfied with the win at just her third start.
"Great result for the owners," Nichols said.
"Just to tick the box and get the win for this group who have been very patient with this mare.
"There were several different issues that she has had along the journey and it just seemed every time we had her ready for the races, something would flare up.
"I certainly think she can progress from there. I will just wait and see how she has come through the run before we look at her next target."
Stable Apprentice Kiran Quilty was on board for the win and gave her an excellent ride, finding the lead from the outside gate and was able to dictate the tempo in the 1100m dash.
"It was a really good win for her today. She began well, and we just had to do a little bit of work to get over to the rail. She was just too strong for them," Quilty said after the race.
"She's definitely a nice horse. Even on the wet track today was a bit of a query. She's the type of horse that could probably go to town now and run a real competitive race."
Exceeding Magic broke her maiden at her third attempt, coming off a second placing on her home track at Mornington late last year.
"I've had a long association with Shane having worked at his stable back in 2012 and he has always thrown a lot of support behind me in my endeavours," Blum added.
"We have a number of horses with Shane now in our colours and we are very much looking forward to plenty more winners in the near future."