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After a troublesome start to her career in Sydney Winx’s sister has finally got on the board after winning her first race in Victoria under the watchful eye of new trainer Peter Moody

Jockey Hugh Bowman rides Covent Garden at Randwick

Covent Garden had previously been trained with Chris Waller but after failing to fire in 5 starts in New South Wales she found herself on a float on the way to Victoria and the stables of Peter Moody.

It appears the change of scenery has done the trick for Covent Garden as she registered her first win at Pakenham on Tuesday.

Covent Garden shares a dam with Winx coming out of Vegas Showgirl by way of Exceed and Excel and showed similar traits to the mighty mare for the first time when beating the Fillies Maiden Plate field  over 1400m on the all weather.

In a post race interview Moody said it was good to get a result early with the 3yo however did stressed he wasn’t claiming to have improved significantly on the work already done.

"Important with a filly with that sort of pedigree to make her a winner obviously. She's a lovely type of filly and she's furnished out in the time we've had her, so she's probably going to be a nicer mare in time," Moody said. 

"John's (Camilleri) been a long-term client of the stables and he didn't have any expectations (when sending her south)." 

"She's a filly that showed good ability early and disappointed a bit and he was just hoping maybe a change in scenery might have clicked her around a little bit and it seems to have worked, but we're not suggesting we've improved her on C.Waller. I'll happily swap this win for his prize money balance this year!" 

With a maiden victory locked down, Moody said the next target would be a mid week metro race in the city.

"You'd go a long way to find a better type of filly so let's go home and sit down and see if we can find a midweek metropolitan race for her."

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