Roxanne's light shines first-up at Geelong

Apr 04, 2019

There was plenty to like about Red Light Roxanne’s brave first-up win at Geelong.

Red Light Roxanne showed her share of ability when fifth and sixth but was beaten less than three lengths in both runs last time in.

A little more time to mature further made all the difference to Red Light Roxanne, who made a gutsy return to racing in the Adam Bird Electrics 3YO Maiden Plate (1235m).

Jockey Andrew Mallyon’s ride gave the daughter of Reward For Effort every chance, giving her a comfortable run behind the leaders before fighting on strongly to score narrowly.

Mallyon said Red Light Roxanne did everything right in the $23,000 race, which was enough to secure the narrow victory.

“She gave me a lovely ride today from that good gate,” Mallyon said.

“She bounced and travelled really nicely in the box seat and just needed a bit of luck getting to the home turn and travelled really nicely going through a gap.

“She was challenged halfway down the straight but I liked the way she fought it out in the straight.”

Mallyon said Red Light Roxanne had the scope to win races over longer distances than the 1300m of her Geelong success.

“I think she was a filly that was just a little but immature last time in and just needed time to furnish and grow into herself,” Mallyon said.

“She’s still got a little bit of growing to do and I think she’ll get a little bit of ground down the track.”