Huapai trainer Ray Green notched up his second Young Guns heat winner when Beaudiene Boaz was successful in the fourth heat of the two-year-old series at Alexandra Park yesterday.
Green now has two horses qualified for the $100,000 final to be run on March 7, after Chachingchaching was successful in an earlier heat.
Sent straight to the front from his handy barrier by driver Simon Lawson, who was filling in for the injured Roydon Downey, Beaudiene Boaz led from start to finish, holding off the late charge of Oneover (Changeover), who came home stoutly after dropping the leaders back around the home bend.
“He dropped the bit around the last bend but as soon as Dexter (Dunn – driver) pulled the earplugs he got going again,” said Mitchell Kerr, son of Oneover’s trainer Paul.
“It was just greenness that cost him, he will improve a lot with that run under his belt,” he added.
Beaudiene Boaz, a two-year-old son of Badlands Hanover, paced the 1700 metre journey in a slick 2-04.7 (mile rate: 1-58.0), with sectionals of 56.3 and 28.2.
Ardee, who was favourite for the $25,000 heat, finished in third.
Beaudiene Boaz was one of two winners for Green on the 11 race card. The other was Medley Moose, who was also steered to victory by Simon Lawson.
“That may be his last run in New Zealand as he is possibly sold to clients of Western Australian trainer Peter Anderson,” said trainer Ray Green.
“He should do a great job there, he is an open class horse with a C3 assessment,” he added.
By Mitchell Robertson