Tarquinn Shadow has returned to her best form with a $26 victory in the LR Starstruck Classic (1600m) at Ascot.

Part-owner and trainer Brett Pope wasn’t surprised when the Trade Fair mare got to the front and then fought off the closers in the final stages.  “She’s racing as good as ever and scored a massive win here first-up,” Pope declared.  “Then she got caught well back on a leader’s track and last time she bogged down with Damien Oliver.”

In-form jockey Lucy Warwick was back in the saddle on Saturday and had the Pinjarra mare ready to strike on the home turn.  “She travelled well and showed a quick turn of foot,” Warwick said.  “She let down great and tried her heart out.”

Tarquinn Shadow (4m Trade Fair – Penumbra by Redoute’s Choice) has earned $140,000 including Westspeed bonuses of $20,000 after selling for just $1,800 as a foal at the 2012 Magic Millions Winter Sale.

Her dam Penumbra was bred at Arrowfield and was purchased as a yearling for $150,000 by Tony Santic.  She retired a maiden and transferred to Gingin based Willow Brook Thoroughbreds in 2007.  Her latest foal is a 2yo colt by Blackfriars.

Tarquinn Shadow is the 11th stakes winner by Trade Fair (Zafonic) who stands at Alwyn Park Stud in Serpentine.  Pope will set her for the next leg of the fillies and mares summer series in the LR La Trice Classic (1800m) on January 2.