Muswellbrook trainer Justin Bowen claims first win of new Hunter and North West Racing Association season

MUSWELLBROOK trainer Justin Bowen claimed his first win of the new Hunter and North West Racing Association (HNWRA) season at Quirindi on Tuesday.

His talented galloper Alchera unleashed a storming run down the extreme outside to snare the $22,000 Fillies & Mares Class 1 Handicap (1100m).

Jockey Ben Looker said the "intention was to be handy".

But, "she never had the speed", and he had to sit back near last while she wasn't "overly confident" coming down the hill initially.

"Once she got balanced though she was very strong through the line."

That finish might lead to the four-year-old daughter of Dream Ahead lengthening out to a longer distance for Bowen.

He has just the two horses in work while "working in with" his mum, Jan Bowen.

"She's only lightly-raced," he said of Alchera.

"She won her first start and ran second at her next.

"She's been running some nice races since she's been back, however been a touch unlucky."

He is taking her "race-by-race" and sees how she pulls up before plotting her next run.

Meanwhile, Chambermaid is an improving lightly-raced Scone mare with a bright future over a bit more ground.

That was highlighted when the Mary Moses-trained daughter of Carlton House won the $22,000 Quirindi Maiden Plate (1600m).

The four-year-old mare powered to the line for a half-length victory over gallant Vegareign with the Bryan Dixon-trained Wee Lassie battling on well for third, a length and a half away.

Chambermaid was having her sixth start and coming off a close-up fourth to Love Me Quietly over 1400m at Tamworth.

"She's been knocking on the door," Moses said of her mare.

"She'll get over ground being by Carlton House."

It was also the Scone trainer's first triumph of the HNWRA 2019-20 season.