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The distinctive colours of gold, maroon diamond and sleeves carried to victory in the Mondo Spanish Chorizo Pace for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park revived memories of the brilliant mare Tricky Styx.
Zephyra, the first foal out of Tricky Styx, was driven by Dylan Egerton-Green to a thrilling victory over August Moon, much to the delight of 77-year-old Northam trainer Jesse Moore, who owned and trained Tricky Styx, who was retired after an outstanding career of 79 starts for 22 wins, 16 placings and $460,548 in prizemoney.
It was also a nostalgic win for Egerton-Green, who drove Tricky Styx four times for one win, at Gloucester Park in June 2017.
Tricky Styx was an outstanding two-year-old in 2014 when she was successful in the Champagne Classic and Diamond Classic before going on to finish second to Beaudiene Boaz in the 2015 WA Derby and won the Pinjarra and Narrogin Cups the following year.
Moore and his wife Maree bred and own Zephyra, who, like Tricky Styx was successful at her second start in a race.
Moore still enjoys a low-key involvement in harness racing, preparing a small team at his Northam property — a far cry from his days as a high-profile trainer of many smart pacers, including Tricky Styx, Trunkey Maseratti, Wirrpunda, The Jobs On, Multibet, Fidelius Charm, Jupiters Darling, Rich Yankee, Rich Babe and Forty Two Grand.
Zephyra, who finished second on debut to Major Overs at Northam in the first week of March, was the third favourite at $6 in Friday night’s field of five, with the polemarker American Monarch the favourite at $1.26.
August Moon, second fancy at $5, began brilliantly from the outside barrier and led by a length in the early stages but was unable to cross American Monarch, with Egerton-Green content to position Zephyra in fourth place in the Indian file affair after Luke Edwards had restrained August Moon and taken the sit behind American Monarch.
Egerton-Green eased Zephyra off the pegs at the bell, and August Moon also moved off the inside at the 600m before surging to the front 200m later. Zephyra ran on determinedly to gain the upper hand in the final couple of strides and won by a neck from August Moon.