Update - The celebrations for Mascot's first career win have been short lived due to Blake Shinn lodging a successful protest.
Shinn argued Koby Jennings on Mascot caused interference near the 150m mark with Snitzel Day crossing the line a short half head behind.
Racing NSW stewards agreed and promoted the Chris Waller-trained colt to his maiden win while Mascot was relegated to second.
Earlier report before the protest result - Mascot has been a work in progress for the Hawkes’ stable with the three-year-old Redoute’s Choice colt going into Monday’s $50,000, Book Summer Hospitality Today Plate (1400m) for three-year-old's as a maiden, but he emerged the winner showing a tenacious spirit in doing so.
Under Koby Jennings the colt lead from the outset from his wide barrier and then had to sustain hiss lead for the length of the straight under attack for the duration. Each time when it seemed that he was going to be overtaken he mustered more speed and determinedly held the challengers off.
Mascot will need to step up again to Saturday class, but the win was a promising step in his six race career for his high profile owners.
On the line the margin was a short half-head over Snitzel Day (Snitzel) and Blake Shinn with $4.40 co-favourites Stella Victoria (Foxwedge), Declan McDonogh, and Balearic, Tye Angland, third and fourth, the margin a neck.
The time was 1.23.53 on the Good 3 track with the final 60m in 34.45. Mascot paid $5.60 on the tote.
Mascot, out of the Grand Slam mare Love Wings, is owned by Arrowfield Pastoral Pty Ltd, Cloros Bloodstock, Belford Productions Pty Ltd, Aquis Farm, Redbank P/L, Bill Duncan Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Murray Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd, Hobby Horse Hall Racing.
Overall he has now won and placed second with two thirds for earnings of $59,735 from the holiday stake and BOBS bonus.
Book Summer Hospitality Today Plate, photo finish picture ATC