The only local runner Waneta, proved most game as she saw off four British raiders to win the Local Group 3 International Trakya Trophy at Veliefendi today.
The second renewal of this six furlong contest brought together four British trained horses up against one local filly who was unbeaten in four starts.
Waneta, the Turkish filly, was fastest away and led from Mailshot, with Top Score third and then Masham Star and Best Solution.
Turning for home, Waneta was still 1 ½ lengths ahead of Mailshot who came under pressure early in the straight.
Waneta kept up the gallop but was hard driven and Masham Star challenged to the inside, but was joined by Top Score in the final furlong.
However, the pair bumped as they duelled and Top Score was unable to quite get past the long-time leader, who gamely held on narrowly under Halis Karatas for a famous local win.
Sean Levey, riding Top Score, objected to the winner, but that was thrown out, with the result standing.
The daughter of Mountain Cat is out of a mare by that fabulous globe-trotter, Running Stag.