Day At The Track

Art Major's daughter joins elite 'sorority'

09:02 AM 12 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Promising youngster C C Chevron joined an elite harness racing ‘sorority’ at Globe Derby last Saturday night.

Taken to Adelaide as “an afterthought”, C C Chevron upstaged the ‘boys’ in the South Australia Derby.

As such, the Andy Gath-trained pacer became just the sixth filly to capture the classic since its inception in 1938 and the first in almost two decades!

Carol Dillon was the ground breaker in 1954, with Medorina matching the feat the next year, followed by Pearl Queen (’57), Fiery Miss (’62) and No Frolicking (’96).

“I was actually planning to spell her after her win on New Year’s Eve, but kept her in work for the Derby as an afterthought,” Gath said. “The plan was to bring a couple over for the race, but they fell by the wayside, so I kept her in work.

“She had about a 12-hour spell before her plans got changed. I didn’t think she’d beat the boys, especially from the draw, but brought her across as a travel companion.”

Driven by Gath’s wife, Kate, C C Chevron overcame a second row draw to score by a half-head from the favourite, Jilliby Royal, with local filly, Whats Emma Got, nine-and-a-half metres away third.

“This win is certainly a bonus with her,” Gath declared. “As soon as we got home she will have that two-week spell.”

Rating 1:57 for the 2230 metres, the daughter of Art Major extended her record to five wins and a second from seven starts for Gath.

Pleased with the three-year-old’s progress, Gath is already planning a return trip for the South Australia Oaks on February 21.

“I’m pretty keen to bring her back to Adelaide for the Oaks in about six weeks,” Gath said. “After that I will aim her towards the Victoria Oaks and see how she goes against the real top ones.”

  • PAUL COURTS

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