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Jockey Ric McMahon joined the Risk Aversion fan club after the talented mare stretched her winning sequence to four at Doomben on Saturday.

Risk Aversion looked set for defeat for only the second time in her career when Win A Million kicked strongly over the final stages of the Pink Ribbon Race For Research Handicap (1350m).

However, Risk Aversion dug deep under punishing riding from McMahon to nail Win A Million by a short head with Flinders City a further 1-1/4 lengths away third.

Risk Aversion was ridden by Chris Munce and apprentice Tim Bell in her previous three victories and both riders forecast a big future for the daughter of Encosta De Lago.

McMahon was quick to join her supporters immediately after Risk Aversion took her record to four wins from five starts.

“I had a gut feeling she just got up,” McMahon said.

“She’s a real trier and a real racehorse.

“We had a lovely run but the race wasn’t really run to suit her. I’d like to see her in a race with more speed on so she can hit the line stronger.

“She’s a very exciting horse right now but she’s going to mature into something even better later on.”

Risk Aversion’s career was delayed because of suspensory problems and connections are now reaping the rewards of her late start.

Owner John Hutchins has long-range plans to tackle the Group One Coolmore Classic (1500m) in Sydney next autumn if she measures up.

But for the time being, trainer Michael Lakey intends giving her one more start before turning her out for a break to prepare for black-type races in Brisbane during the summer.

“She’s still only very lightly raced and is still learning,” Lakey said.

“She’s a bit of a heartbreak horse. That’s three times she’s won in a photo.

“I won’t be sending her south just now and she may have one more run before the fillies and mares races in December.”

Meanwhile, trainer Kelso Wood continued his great strike rate when Seek And Find scored a comfortable win in the Mears & Jeffs Handicap (1020m).

Seek And Find recorded his sixth win from only 17 starts with a half-length victory over Carry To Fortune.

Seek And Find was having his third start this campaign and was coming off a disappointing ninth to Haizum in a 1010-metre Benchmark 85 race at Doomben on September 10.

“We found a few problems with him after his last run and I told the stewards about it,” Wood said.

“I had him scoped and it was clear but we found he had a sore shoulder.

“I worked on it for a few days and he came right and we expected him to run well.”

Seek And Find is a son of Sequalo out of Coniston Lass who Wood trained during her career.

“She was a high-maintenance mare who had a few problems herself but she won several races for me,” he said.


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