PERSEVERENCE is paying dividends with Fatal Rendezvous.
The four-year-old has broken through at career start number 13 and there now look to be more wins in store.
"She has finally matured into a very nice type of mare,'' said trainer Stuart Kendrick.
"It was great to see her win. The owners have been very patient,'' he said.
Fatal Rendezvous ($5), which had place five times previously, broke through at the Sunshine Coast Friday night meeting on December 16.
Ridden by Ryan Wiggins, she wouldn't be denied this time, winning by a length.
"She did it tough from the wide gate but fought on strongly," Kendrick said.
CONSISTENT mare Graceville's reunion with jockey Luke Tarrant has reaped dividends.
The five-year-old' boosted her future breeding barn value and showed she's in career-best form, bringing up her first Saturday city win at Doomben.
Tarrant jumped Graceville ($21) to the front from a wide gate and she was never challenged, winning the Ratings Band 0-70 (1050m) by one-and-three-quarter lengths on December 2.
He has now ridden the mare four times for one win, two seconds and a fourth.
Tarrant said he was thankful to Kendrick Racing and connections for giving him the opportunity on the horse in town.
"I appreciate everything I get at the moment,'' he said.
The well-deserved win was Graceville's fourth in her 33-start career and she's also placed 14 times.
It was her second run back from a spell. She finished third of four runners at Ipswich when resuming, but was only beaten a half-length.
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