Amanda Turnbull wins another Group One

01:13 PM 25 Aug 2014 NZST
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Just Cala - Continued meteoric rise in Breeders Crown final Amanda Turnbull - Just Cala - Dennis Picker Just Cala and connections after Breeders Crown win
Just Cala - Continued meteoric rise in Breeders Crown final
Amanda Turnbull - Just Cala - Dennis Picker
Just Cala and connections after Breeders Crown win

Since settling into her new digs at Shepparton, rising-star reinswoman Amanda Turnbull
has notched two Group 1 wins at Tabcorp Park Melton in just a couple of months.

The 24-year-old followed up a Vicbred Super Series win last month with a Breeders 
Crown triumph yesterday, steering Just Cala to a 1.2-metre win in the Bettors Delight @ 
Woodlands Breeders Crown Final for three-year-old fillies.

Turnbull, who grew up driving hundreds of winners a season while based in Bathurst, 
would have especially enjoyed that yesterday’s winner was trained by a New South 
Wales country horseman in Dennis Picker.

“It’s all going really well,” Turnbull said of her transition to Victoria.

“We’re going to wait until next season before we get some more (horses) in but we’re 
going on a holiday to Hamilton Island first and then when we come back it’ll be all go.”

Just Cala, a filly by the indomitable Art Major out of a Kiwi mare named Lilsistar, found 
the front yesterday from barrier one, showing far more speed off the arm than she had 
in her previous two starts.

“I thought Spicy Stride would cross me before the race but once I was able to hold her 
out I was lucky enough to be able to be in front, which worked out really well,” Turnbull 
said.

Turnbull handed up to the challenge of Nike Franco, who was set alight from the rear of 
the field early, grabbing the spot behind the Luke McCarthy-driven race favourite.

As the field headed towards the home turn McCarthy was starting to ask Nike Franco for 
more and Turnbull had to decide whether to wait for the sprint lane or ease across the 
heels of the leader and death-seat horse Quick Draft to make her run wide.

She took the latter option, which in turn allowed Tasmanian filly Barynya to storm 
through on the inside after a three-back-the-pegs trail.

“Luke was asking for his filly to show a bit more while Chris (Alford) was sitting quietly 
on his,” Turnbull said.

“I was travelling really well at that stage so I decided to go to the outside of them.
“She let down like she has the first two times I’d driven her.

“It was a great feeling to win it.”

Turnbull has already driven 1041 winners in just seven seasons in the sulky, a remarkable achievement for someone so young.

This season she has driven 133 winners from 660 drives.

Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria

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