A 77-year-old trainer’s 1,400-kilometre round trip to saddle her first metropolitan runner resulted in the opposite of a losing ticket when the seven-year-old mare of the same name won the Amelia Park Handicap at Ascot.

A late entrant in the most heartwarming thoroughbred racing story of 2020, Melda Daniels-prepared Losing Ticket, which has finished stone motherless on each of her last two spring starts at Kalgoorlie, posted her second victory in a row, backing up her Mount Barker success with a city triumph.

Losing Ticket was just the 49th starter in six and a half long years for Daniels, a reluctant trainer who only took on her husband’s gallopers after he passed away. Losing Ticket has been responsible for three of Daniels’s four wins, Deidre – not to be confused with Japanese star Deirdre – breaking her handler’s maiden at Norseman in 2015.

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