The first of the Victoria Derby heats for 2014 kicked off harness racing's Del-Re National Food Group Hunter Cup night in style and it saw a brilliant performance from blistering New South Wales three-year-old Bling It On.
The half-brother to Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling was stuck three wide early before rolling around the field to take up the running in the early stages.
It was a heady Luke McCarthy drive that kept his rivals at bay in even quarters of 30.8secs and 30.5secs to open the last mile before he let rip off the back and flew through the third quarter in 27.5secs.
Fellow New South Wales visitor Yayas Hot Spot returned to near his best while trailing the leader into the race and never giving up even in a slashing last quarter of 26.5secs.
The official margin was just under four metres with Kiwi invader Our Sky Major working mid-race to find the breeze and holding on for third clearly.
The overall mile rate was 1:54.8 with the winner, Bling It On, appearing to cruise to the line with something left in the tank for next week’s final.
by Blake Redden
Harness Racing Victoria