The first Western Australian thoroughbred race of the autumn season resulted in a York maiden victory for Lady Hatras and Bunbury-based trainer Belinda Smithall harvesting her first win since she triumphed at her home track 10 years ago.

Racing and Wagering Western Australia stewards did not open an unnecessary inquiry into this particular Patrick Carbery ride as the Group One-winning jockey timed the run of Lady Hatras perfectly for them to take out the Gannon’s Maiden Handicap, beating long-time leader Private Poet by a head.

Lady Hatras registered the eighth success of Smithall’s stop-start career – the trainer did not have a starter in two consecutive campaigns early in the 2010s, and she only fielded 21 runners in the entire decade – and returned her to the winner’s circle for the first time since Kyra Yuill steered The Deliverer to her all-the-way maiden victory on Wednesday 28 December 2011. Lady Hatras is a half sister of Lord Hatras, which won the 2011 Aquanita Stakes at Ascot.

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