Day At The Track

Anton cleans up as Belle shines

01:28 AM 12 Mar 2017 NZDT
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Une Belle Allure
Une Belle Allure wins the Need For Speed Prince final for Zac Phillips.
Stuart McCormick Photo

A big camp’s investment and a young man’s persistence both paid off with Une Belle Allure claiming the $60,000 IRT Need For Speed Prince Final at Tabcorp Park Melton. The victory delivered harness racing driver Zac Phillips his first Group 1 success less than a week after his 21st birthday and capped a dominant performance by trainer Anton Golino and owner Pat Driscoll’s Yabby Dam Farms.

Having qualified six for the $60,000 final for three-year-old trotting fillies, Golino’s crew preceded to fill the first four placings with Une Belle Allure winning by a half-head from favourite Dance Craze, with Nieta 5.7m back in third and My Chimera claiming fourth.

“It’s a great thrill,” Golino said. “We worked hard for this, it was a big night, we had a lot of horses in it. It doesn’t always mean that you get the job done, this is satisfying.”

That it was his Angus Hall three-year-old who saluted was no surprise to Golino.

“I thought she was our best last year as a two-year-old. She had a horrible prep, a few things went wrong, she got sick, she got kicked. We sort of rushed her there and she didn’t probably perform as well as we thought she could.

“She’s come back super this season and she’s shown that again tonight.”

Phillips guided Une Belle Allure to the front from gate three with Diz Luck on his outside when they settled before Dance Craze joined him at the bell.

A 32.3 second quarter sured up the leaders’ control of the race and after a 29.8 third quarter they would have plenty left in the final straight.

Dance Craze loomed in Gavin Lang’s hands but Une Belle Allure fought on and when they hit the line a half-head was enough to give Phillips his crowning moment.

“It’s a massive thrill. I’ve dreamt of winning a Group 1 for as long as I can remember and to do it on trotting’s night of nights, it really means a lot to me,” Phillips said.

“To Anton and the team, for them to give me the opportunity, I really can’t explain how grateful I am to them.

“It just shows the quality of people they are, they do a great job with their team and put a lot into the sport.”

Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

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