IT'S considered unlucky for some, but the number 13 has a nice ring about it for Kyneton trainer Ted Grogran.
Thirteen is the number of starts the Grogan-trained Discombobulate took to break her maiden status.
But the moment for the four-year-old mare finally arrived on her home track at Kyneton on Thursday, when she broke through for a a strong win over the 1450m journey.
Despite the mare having placed only once in her previous 12 starts, Grogan headed to the track quietly confident of a turnaround in form.
"She has had a bit of back luck, but I was pretty confident with Zac Spain on her today," he said.
"She did everything right. She has had a bit of bad luck in her starts and has been held up a few times.
"She worked home nice to the line and probably deserves a spell now."
It was just the third career win for Grogan, who has been training since 2015.
His first and second winners were provided by Luck's a Turning in back-to-back starts at Kyneton and Wangaratta in November and December 2016.
The $12,650 winner's purse more than doubled Discombobulate's career earnings.
With the maiden win out of the way, winning jockey Spain hoped the mare's career could kick-on.
"A step up to a mile, I wouldn't be afraid to do that because she does settle in her run and she can finish off nice," he said.
"She was well behaved too today, which she can have some manner issues.
"I'm glad she put the win on the board."
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