This seasons crop of two year olds by Art Major has produced some really smart individuals from his smallish crop of just 85 foals and Piece Of My Heart looked to further embellish that record with a stylish win in the Marlin Transport Fillies and Mares Mobile Pace over 2200 meters at the harness racing meeting at Alexandra Park tonight Friday the 18th of July.
With harness racing in winter being a touch lower key than normal, quality horses at this time of year in New Zealand can be hard to find.
But anyone who saw the Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick trained Piece Of My Heart win tonight would have seen a filly with a big future.
Settling second last from her second line draw, driver Scott Phelan sent her forward three wide with 1200 meters to go and she found the front at the 900 meters mark.
From there she turned the race into a procession, shooting clear on the corner before easing down in the last 100 meters for a comfortable two length victory.
Tonights win was her first in four starts and she has also finished second once for stakes totaling $6954.
She paced the 2200 meters in 2:46, a mile rate of 2:01.4 with closing sectionals of 59.6 and 28.6.
Piece Of My Heart was passed in at last year's Australasian Classic Sale for $17,000.
She is now raced on lease by Miss T M McMullen, L R Campbell, D L Campbell, L J Goldsmith and R S Toman from her breeders Chris and Tina Barlow.
Piece Of My Heart is the fifth winner of the Holmes Hanover mare Highfields Diamond.
This is the Anna Pavlova branch of the famous Coo Doo family which has provided the Grice brothers of Mid-Canterbury with so many stakes and classic winners over the last forty years.
This is a breed that has produced numerous high class fillies over the years and in Piece Of My Heart it looks to have found another one.
Piece Of My Heart