The two-year-old Breeders Crown fillies final for 2013 will long be remembered for the brilliant drive by Gavin Lang to get Whereibylong home by a narrow margin.
Much to punters pleasure, the well backed favourite had to be content with sitting three-wide with cover for much of the race after Beach Shack pulled out in front of the early move but couldn't find the chair.
Lang drove a patient race before hooking out four-wide off the back to make ground around the tiring Beach Shack.
Quick thinking kicked in as he again moved back to the three wide line to shut out the chances of favourite Majestic Amy getting a run from the one by one position.
While all this was happening, Our Petite Soeur, who held out the early challenge of Luda, was running them along and although she looked a hope off the back, she was quickly collared by the winner.
Majestic Amy did get out and run home strongly, cutting the margin back to a half-neck at the finish.
Quick Draft worked home for third in front of Our Petite Soeur and Flagbearer.
Gavin Lang spoke to Rob Auber about the excitement of winning a Breeders Crown, even if he already has a few under his belt.
"This day is fantastic to be apart of and to be lucky enough to win a race is a great feeling. I might have won it five times (the two-year-old fillies version) but it gets better each time," Lang said.
"I initially took off thinking the tempo was backing off but a couple of others had different ideas but she was always doing it comfortably.
"When i won her the first night Emma (Stewart) and Clayton (Tonkin) said if i was impressed now, just wait for a few weeks and they were right as usual."
Whereibylong rated the mile in 1:59.3 with the last half coming in 57.4secs.
Now a winner of four from eight, the ex-NSW filly ticked over $200,000 in prizemoney thanks mainly to the $182,000 winners cheque.
A video is attached.
by Blake Redden
Courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria