The addition of headgear has resulted in a relaxed Super Cash getting a black-type win at Flemington.
Super Cash wears ear muffs in the parade ring and on the way to the start before they are removed, but it was blinkers that made the difference in the Goodwood Racecourse Trophy on Saturday.
Ridden by Luke Currie, Super Cash ($5) scored a half-length win over Sooboog ($26) with Stellar Collision ($6) 2-3/4 lengths away third.
Super Cash was lining up for her seventh start and trainer Andrew Noblet resisted the temptation to apply blinkers earlier.
“We were going to put them on last time in but we kept bumping her up in distance and I was reluctant to do that,” he said.
Noblet entered Saturday’s race confident in her straight-track ability after running second behind outstanding sprinting filly Petit Filous over the course and distance.
He said the filly, who was tried over 1600m in the Thousand Guineas last spring, would be kept to shorter races this campaign.