Day At The Track

Fight For Glory turns the tables

10:07 AM 16 May 2015 NZST
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Fight For Glory's owners giving Natalie a warm welcome back to the winners circle
Fight For Glory's owners giving Natalie a warm welcome back to the winners circle

Last nights New Zealand Oaks was meant to be a one horse affair with last weeks Nevele R Fillies winner The Orange Agent expected to dominate once again.

However her wide draw this week had some pundits saying she was vulnerable and when the heavy rain and strong winds set in, no one really knew what to expect.

Fight For Glory, who had pushed The Orange Agent last week had also drawn poorly at one on the second line so luck was going to play a part.

As the gate left, Maurice McKendry took The Orange Agent  back from her wide draw while Natalie Rasmussen on Fight For Glory managed to get off the inside after 200 metres and into the running line.

Shortly afterwards Natalie circled the field with Fight For Glory and grabbed the lead with just over a mile to run.

Natalie then decided to make it a catch me if you can race and kept up a hot tempo in front.

Passing the 500 metres, Natalie launched Fight For Glory and she put four lengths on the opposition as they turned for home.

Although getting tired the last 100 metres Fight For Glory was still a length in front at the finishing line.

Democrat Party and Zac Butcher finished on for second just a half head in front of a very unlucky Linda Lovegrace who came from well back for third.

A close up fourth was The Orange Agent who didn't seem all that happy in the conditions.

Natalie was mobbed by the connections in the winners circle post race and was full of praise for the Art Major filly.

" As soon as I got off the inside, I decided to get on the pace because she is so hard to run down."

" She is such a genuine filly and I thought they would have trouble getting past her."

" She is just such a pleasure to drive and even though they got a bit close in the last little bit, I knew she would see it out," Natalie said.

Blair Orange on Linda Lovegrace was rapt with her run.

"We could have got off at the 1200 metres mark into the running line but I decided to stay on the inner."

"She got held up a wee bit but has really found the line when clear."

"It was a super run," Blair said.

Maurice McKendry thought while The Orange Agent had run a creditable fourth, she wasn't entirely happy in the conditions.

" She didn't feel as sharp tonight and all I can put it down to is the track conditions," Maurice said.

Last nights win by Fight For Glory has breathed a bit of life back into the Harness Jewels race for the three year old fillies with The Orange Agent not as dominant as previously thought.

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