BOTRA Golden Nursery Final night, while damped by the weather, still had a good crowd gathered to see some of the best 2 year old colts & geldings do battle in the harness racing final.
Both Hez The One and Blackntan went into the $25,000 final undefeated but it was Hez The One e (by Jeremy's Jet out of Summer Fairytale -by California Cam) who found the front early and led all the way while his main rival and short priced favourite Blackntan eyeballed Hez The One for a greater part of the race. The pressure was on all the way but when Blackntan began to tire it was left to The Dapper Don and Hilltop Delight to issue strong challenges. In the drive to the line Hez The One mustered every last ounce of courage he had to give. He managed to hold on to take the prize. On the line his lead had been reduced to 1m but that was more than enough to hold his unbeaten mantle.
Hez The One is trained by the very affable Rebecca East. Hez The One is owned and was bred by Graham Cole. Mr. G. F. McDonald is also listed as a part owner of Hez The One.
Hez The One looks set for bigger and brighter things and he certainly looks to have a lot of upside about him.
The fillies ALABAR Golden Nursery Final was taken out by Victorian Call Her Julie trained and driven by, (by out of Lady Jillet Lombo by )..
Throughout the race Call Her Julie was tracked by the highly fancied,trained Secret Agenda. Call Her Julie and Secret Agenda waged a two horse war from the 300m mark but Call Her Julie held sway with Sazee and Caroline Bay who galloped out of the gate making up many lengths as did Unveiled who put in an outstanding effort to finish close up to third and fourth place getters. Unveiled lost a mountain of ground soon after the start, and was tailed off at the very least, 60m. At the end of the race Unveiled was in the chasing group of horses, 30m behind the winner.