Day At The Track

Broadways' still doing her best

01:28 PM 05 Sep 2014 NZST
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Broadways Best in full flight

Veteran harness racing mare Broadways Best is not finished yet.

That’s the call from trainer Shannon McLean, who stated the multiple Group One winner will continue to compete throughout the season as long as her form warrants a career extension.

Racing in a consistent manner this campaign, Broadways Best’s last five starts have netted a win, two placings and two fourths.

“She is happy racing and is holding her form well,” McLean said. “As long as she keeps doing that she will keep racing.

“I’ve said all along, the moment she starts giving me signs she’s had enough, she will be retired.

“As it stands, she is happy in what she is doing and still enjoys the competition of racing.”

Successful at 29 of her 91 starts, with 28 placings and a bankroll of $637,439 also to her credit, Broadways Best is engaged in tomorrow night’s Casey Classic at Tabcorp Park Melton.

The feature also doubles as champion pacer Smoken Up’s farewell appearance, with McLean “thrilled to be part of the moment.”

“It’s going to be a race to remember with Smoken Up having his last start and I’m just thrilled to be part of the moment,” McLean said.

“Everyone would like to see Smoken Up retire with a win, but that said, we will still be doing our best to come home with the win as well.”

Blessed with her share of gate speed, Broadways Best has drawn to settle in a forward position from barrier two, with Smoken Up to follow the daughter of Village Jasper through from the second row.

Follow this weekend’s appearance, the nine-year-old will be given a brief freshen up before being aimed at several country cups and features.

“I may give her a week off after this and then sit down and see what’s around,” McLean said. “A few of the country cups and features such as the Popular Alm Sprint at Kilmore will be on her radar during the next few months.”


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