STILL I Rise overcame the odds against her after a major head injury almost took her life to win the Test Kitchen Maiden at Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday.

Three months ago Still I Rise had a hole in her head as if she had been shot with a bolt from a humane killer, and it was a bolt that went perilously close to killing her.

“She rolled in her box, somehow spiked her head on the ring and the metal stuck in her skull,” said Joey Ramsden as Steph Grentell produced the evidence on her phone to prove it. Yet, despite repeatedly swishing her tail in protest at Morne Winnaar’s whip, this AUS$ 80 000 (R825 000) Melbourne purchase showed a decisive turn of foot – a good omen if ever there was one – to make a winning debut in the Test Kitchen Maiden at Kenilworth on Saturday.

“Still I Rise was named after an inspirational poem by Maya Angelou,” noted Ramsden -Michael Clower/Gold Circle.