Everyone's eyes were focused on the brilliant Art Major colt Follow The Stars in this years $150,000 2 year old Emerald. Backed into microscopic odds on the back of a unbeaten formline, the only thing causing a query in the minds of his supporters was his draw of six on the second line.
And in the washup after the race that draw meant he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Three back in the running line and three wide behind Mighty Flying Major and Say My Name, the whole complexion of the race changed at the 500 meter mark when Mighty Flying Major galloped, badly checking Say My Name who came back on top of Follow The Stars and destroyed any chance they both had.
While all this was going on Art Union was bowling along in front after holding the front from barrier one with Bettor Spirits in the trail. Chachingchaching was cutting the breeze before getting the one by one with the Badlands Hanover colt Beaudiene Boaz on his back. With the shambles at the 500 meaning no one was coming from the back, Art Union led for home only to be nailed first by Bettor Spirits and then Beaudiene Boaz with the latter getting up just short of the post in a new track record of 1:54.1.
Express Stride got home well for third ahead of a slightly disappointing Art Union who didnt show much fight in the home straight.
Zac Butcher made it two wins for the day with another inch perfect drive in a race that may be better remembered in the future for those who finished out of the money than for those that finished in it.
The race was also a another feather in the cap of noted breeder Dave Kennedy and his mare Beaudiene Babe, who has also left another Harness Jewels winner in Beaudiene Bad Babe.
By Mark Robertson