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Highly-promising young reinsman Kyle Symington landed his first metropolitan-class winner when he produced a flawless exhibition to guide Miss Limelight to an impressive victory in the $18,500 Kallen and Danielle Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Miss Limelight, a $15.80 chance from barrier two on the back line in the 2536m event, enjoyed a perfect trip in the one-out and one-back position before he was sandwiched between runners with 400m to travel.

But the 20-year-old Symington was able to get into the clear at the 350m and the five-year-old, the only mare in the field, finished strongly to burst past the $7.50 chance Euphoria in the final 45m and race away to beat that pacer by more than a length.

“I’m so happy that I was able to win with one of Ryan’s horses,” said Symington, who has worked as a stablehand for Baskerville trainer Ryan Bell for the past six months. This was Symington’s 48TH winner in a burgeoning career.

Bell was fulsome in his praise of Symington, saying: “He is so dedicated. His work ethic is top notch, and he wants to be the best, and he is doing everything right to succeed to be the best. Horses naturally go for him, and the stable has scored a goal by employing him.”

The New Zealand-bred Miss Limelight, a five-year-old by Bettors Delight, ended a losing sequence of 14, stretching back to last August when she won the group 3 WASBA Four and Five-Year-Old feature event for mares. She has done all her racing in Western Australia, with her 40 starts producing 11 wins, 11 placings and stakes of $94,927.

She is the ninth foal out of the unraced mare Its Showtime, and is a full-sister to Elios, who earned $220,176 from ten wins and eight placings from 28 starts, including a notable victory in a group 1 Messenger Free-For-All at Alexandra Park.

A week before Friday night’s victory, Miss Limelight also started from barrier two on the back line in the group 2 WASBA Breeders Stakes when she raced three back on the pegs and was hampered for room in the final stages when an unlucky fourth behind Savvy Bromac.

In Friday night’s race the $1.55 favourite Fanci A Dance had a tough run in the breeze when he was unable to wrest the lead from the polemarker Our Sequel ($7). Euphoria, who trailed Miss Limelight in the one-out, two-back position, took the lead 300m from home but was unable to hold out the fast-finishing Miss Limelight.

“I was very happy that Fanci A Dance was not able to get to the front,” said Symington. “If he had, it would have left Miss Limelight racing without cover.”

Bell said that Miss Limelight was long overdue for a win, saying: “She has been most unlucky, mainly due to bad barriers. However, I have been pleased with every run I have given her.”