Day At The Track

Fillies set to sizzle in Nevele R heat

11:56 PM 06 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Venus Serena & Liberybelle Midfrew - will once again go head to head.

After running one-two in last week’s New Zealand Yearling Sales Series Fillies Final, star fillies Venus Serena and Libertybelle Midfrew will do battle again this week in a heat over of the Nevele R Fillies Series at Ashburton over one mile.

But while you can expect to see the same Quinella, will it be in the same order?

One thing that I do know is that with Venus Serena drawn one and Libertybelle Midfrew only a couple of places outside her in three, the early speed could be break-neck, with both fillies likely to want to lead.

“My filly loves to lead, as she is very tough to run past, but in saying that she is pretty adaptable,” said Venus Serena’s trainer Geoff Dunn.

“I really did think she had done too much work early last week, so for her to hang on and win like that was a terrific effort,” he added

“Libertybelle Midfrew is very good though, and Angelina Jolie can absolutely fly out, so things could get pretty interesting early.

If the early pace is it, there is a chance of a very quick mile time, which could be of great benefit to the fillies after their racing days are numbered.

If taking Trifectas and First4’s in the race, be sure not to leave out Ideal Power, who was the only filly to make ground in last week’s Sales Series Final.

I’m not saying she can beat the two big guns, but on last week’s run I do expect her to be the next home, which should spice up your multiples.

Meanwhile, the fifth heat of the Nevele R Fillies Series, which was to be staged by the Hororata Trotting Club at Addington, will now be held at Methven’s Mt  Harding Racecourse on the 21st of February

“It will be the first heat of the Nevele R Fillies ever to be run on a grass track, so it will be something a little bit different,” said Hororata Club President, Bruce Hutton.

Hutton said the change of venue was due to a clash with the rugby at Addington’s AMI Stadium on the same night.

By Mitchell Robertson

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