Royal Schilling collected a $20,000 VOBIS Gold owners incentive on top of the winning prizemoney at Echuca on Tuesday.
The Shea Eden trained mare was facing the starter for just the third time to win the Ecotecture Design Plate (1400m) following unplaced runs at Mildura (August) and Kyneton (September).
“She’s been through the wars this girl, injuries and immaturity have held her back but I kept telling the owners to be patient,” Eden said. “There’s more to come from her and as long as she stays sound, she will race her way through the grades.”
Royal Schilling (4m Artie Schiller – Duchesse De Berri by Diesis) sat on the back of the speed and took over with ease rounding the home turn. She cleared out for a soft two-length win from Trois Belle and Iberia who are also VOBIS Gold eligible four year-olds.
“She still wanted to look around and do a bit wrong in the straight,” Eden added. “That gives us great scope for further improvement as her career goes on.”
Royal Schilling was the first yearling Eden purchased from Three Bridges Thoroughbreds when she graduated from the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier for $80,000. Her dam Duchesse De Berri died in June – she also foaled G3 Coongy Hcp winner Fire In The Night.
Eden trains the Echuca winner for James Abel, Doug & Ann Gniel, Michael Habgood, Heath & Harley Kolac, Dale Thomas, Roger Timms and Ron Witney.