Reckless Moon with Tahlia Hope aboard a clear winner over Rycam Lad, ridden by Jake Duffy, at Echuca on Saturday. Photo: Racing Photos

By ‘Pegs’

KILMORE trainer Cathleen Wilson already received a half return for her owners’ purchase of Reckless Moon, a $3 favourite at Echuca on Saturday.

Having only her first start for the new stable, the five-year-old daughter of Puissance De Lune and Tongsai Bay was impressive in taking out the Echuca CIH Sales and Service Maiden Plate over 1200 metres.

Reckless Moon after winning the Echuca CIH Sales and Service Maiden Plate at Echuca Racecourse on September 10, 2022 in Echuca, Australia. (Photo by Brendan McCarthy/Racing Photos)

Patiently ridden by former Seymour apprentice Tahlia Hope, it was a Kilmore female trainers’ quinella with the mare defeating Hanna Powell’s Rycam Lad, $5, by three quarters of a length.

The Seymour-trained No Rain No Flowers, $11, was a short-half-head away third.

A $29,700 purchase at the April 2022 sale by Wilson and her long-time stable client and friend Roger Sweet, Reckless Moon is also raced by the trainer’s husband Adam Wilson, her mother Aileen Zulian, and other stable clients.

“It was an exciting win and a good result for the owners,” Wilson said.

“It’s a bit early to decide her next run as we are waiting for her rating to be announced. We will probably look for a 1500 to 1600 metres for her then.”

Previously trained by Mitch Freedman, Reckless Moon had eight minor placings prior to Saturday’s win. The mare was having her 13th start.

Hoofnote: Wilson said her stable star Jack Of It, also by Puissance De Lune, the winner of three races from only seven starts, will have his first run back in two to three weeks.