Emotions were running high when West Australian sprint diva Saige Tenniele emerged from obscurity to claim the $136,750 Group 1 National Sprint Championship final (525m) at The Meadows on Saturday night.
Trained by Kody Charles, Saige Tenniele is named after his daughter and late sister.
“Very emotional, I’m lost for words, absolutely amazing,” said Charles. “Tenniele was watching over us.”
Saige Tenniele – a winner of nine races, including six of her past seven, from 29 starts – was at one stage advertised as a giveaway and is also believed to have been on a GAP waiting list.