SEVENTEEN years after etching her name on the Australian Pacing Gold honour roll, wonder mare Lady Waratah has done it again.

Among the best of her crop, Lady Waratah captured the Harold Park-based Final for two-year-olds to complete a clean sweep of the series.

The following season the daughter of Walton Hanover proved too good for her rivals once again at Harold Park, having also won her heat.

Fast forward to tonight’s Club Menangle program and Lady Waratah has won her third APG Final, only this time it is as a Mum!

The former top filly and grand producing broodmare is the dam of Steno which outclassed her opposition in an APG Gold Bullion Final.

“She’s a nice little filly which has been getting better and better since I got her,” trainer Cameron Ross said.

“I’ve got a high opinion of her and after having a break at Christmas she’s come back in good form.

“Her dam was a star and now this filly has joined her as a Group One winner.

“With any luck she can win a few more like her dam did before she has finished.”

Driven by Jack Callaghan, Steno was pushed forward to find the pegs from barrier five but was unable to hold out Madrid, which was driven vigorously to lead from gate 10.

After enjoying the run of the race behind the pacemaker, Steno was angled into the clear at the top of the home straight before dashing to a four-and-a-half metre win from Miss Ex.

Smooth Bon Bon was three metres away third.

Covering the 1609-metre sprint in 1:53.4, the daughter of Sweet Lou took her record to seven wins and five placings from 14 starts for earnings of $131,760.

  • PAUL COURTS