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A drop back in grade has aided  Debelle to record her third win when storming home to claim the ATC Members Handicap (1200m) at Kembla on Wednesday.

Debelle won her first two starts this preparation including a verdict over impressive subsequent Wyong winner Pentasia. The three-year-old filly was then stepped up in grade and distance, performing creditably in Saturday company.

Wednesday’s race was turned on its head when the heavily backed favourite Think Mink missed the start and was forced to settle last on a day where the track appeared to favour horses racing on the pace.

Apprentice jockey Adam Hyeronimus had Debelle in a midfield spot while Onecatstoomany set-up a solid early tempo.

Soon after straightening Onecatstoomany gave a kick and strode two lengths clear. Hyeronimus, riding patiently, brought Debelle to the outside and the pair began to mount their challenge.

The daughter of Snitzel quickly reeled in Onecatstoomany and went on to beat that galloper with Magita finishing third. Think Mink was held up at the top of the straight before charging through the pack to finish a luckless fifth.

"We dropped her back to Wednesday class. I’ve been going up to the 1300 and 1400 metres races with her and I decided she doesn’t want that,” Conners told TVN.

"She’s better off in race where they go quick and she just sits on their backsides ready to pounce.

"She’s got a short sharp sprint. The boy (Hyeronimus) rode her as I asked him too.”

Hyeronimus said Debelle’s turn of foot allowed him to ride the horse to instructions and get the desired result.

"Mr Conners was very confident before the race he told me to be patient and she would win,” Hyeronimus said.

"She travelled too well. She got their a bit too quick and had a bit of a look around. It was a good win.”

Hyeronimus’s win was one of two victories for apprentice jockeys at Kembla on Wednesday.

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