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Ace trainer-reinsman Colin Brown held no high hopes for Fifty Five Reborn two years ago when she caused him many heartaches with her poor manners. She was sent back to trials after her first two appearances as a two-year-old and Brown was forced to give her nine trials that season as he worked feverishly to get her to become more tractable.

She managed to win three races from eight starts as a two-year-old, but Brown was far from convinced that she would develop into a smart performer.

“At the time I would have been happy if she was able to win four races on country tracks, let alone win four in a row at Gloucester Park,” Brown said after driving Fifty Five Reborn to a gutsy all-the-way victory in the group 3 $30,000 Pacing For Pink Kerry Clarke Four and Five-Year-Old Classic on Friday night.

“We had no high expectations of her, but she has developed into a very honest, sound and genuine little mare.”

Four-year-old Fifty Five Reborn, the only mare in the field of twelve, was equal favourite at $2.40 with Alta Blues, and she excelled with her gate speed, her ability to relax and her strength and character to hold Alta Blues and $50 outsider The Kraken at bay after they had issued spirited challenges in the closing stages.

“She toughed it out when the challenges came, when others could’ve put the cue back in the rack,” said Brown.

“There was a bit of speed there at the start, but we were never in any trouble about holding up. She has turned into a lovely racehorse. I sprinted her up in the prelim and she came back to me. And then she did the same in the race.

“Winning this race makes her ineligible to run in the $30,000 WASBA event for mares in a fortnight. So, I think we might back off her now and we will zero in on the major events for mares in the summer with the hope that she steps up again.”

Fifty Five Reborn, who is by Renaissance Man from the Bettors Delight mare Arma Fifty Five, now has earned $178,277 from 14r wins and four placings from 41 starts.