The fillies weren't to be out done on Breeders Crown semi-final night at Melton's Tabcorp Park. In what was essentially a night dominated by harness racing favourites there were a few gems who stood out amongst the fillies division.
The first semi-final for two-year-old fillies unearthed a potential star in Its Onlyforyou ($3.80) bywho ran home under the arches to defeat Our Femme Fatale ($2.30) who looked to have every chance from the front. Ohyouluckything ($6.40) worked home well to nail the trifecta for favourite punters.
The second of the semi-finals saw a similar performance with the well backed Glenferrie Shuffle ($3.90) bycharging down the outside to nab the favourite in Frith ($2.00). The fillies can lay claim to the fastest last quarter of the night which was run in a blistering 26.8 however the mile rate (2:02.0) was significantly slower than that recorded by Its Onlyforyou who ran 1:58.2.
The older fillies kicked off the Quaddie and Marquess De Posh ($2.20) bydidn’t let punters down bringing her form from up north to Tabcorp Park for a dominant front-running win.
She was pressured most of the way by second favourite and New Zealander Cheer The Lady ($3.10) however she couldn’t match it with the Queenslander who ran away from her rivals. Louvre ($8.10) slipped up along the pegs for second place and a spot in the final.
Her driver Blake Fitzpatrick was pleased with the win and sounded a warning to her rivals in the final.
“We couldn’t be happier with her, she’s an outstanding filly and everything went to plan tonight, I really think she’s going better now than she ever has,” he said.
The next of the three-year-old semi-finals for the fillies came up in the next race where Western Australian wonder horse Sensational Gabby ($3.30) was aiming for 22 out of 24. She gave an almighty sight too after working hard to the lead and straightening up clear from Twist And Twirl ($2.50) byand Shake It Mama ($4.10).
Mark Purdon wasn’t to be denied with Twist And Twirl grinding out a neck win over the brave Western Australian filly as Our Precious Rose got clear late to take third. The race was run in a slick mile rate of 1:56 flat, which was quicker than the first semi, which was run in 1:57.9.
The barrier draw, conducted Sunday, will likely play a key role in the outcome of the final for the older fillies with Twist And Twirl, Marquess De Posh, Sensational Gabby and Shake It Mama all still leading chances.
Marquess De Posh
Twist And Twirl
Courtesy of www.harness.org.au and written by Blake Redden