Day At The Track

Filly extends Aussie winning streak

11:57 AM 11 May 2015 NZST
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Maree and John Caldow

Exciting filly Amarula extended her unbeaten Aussie record with her triumph in last Saturday night’s South Australia Trotters’ Derby.

Upstaging the boys in impressive fashion, Amarula stretched her winning streak to five for Victorian horsewoman Maree Caldow.

Thrilled with the youngster’s progress, Caldow is planning another interstate trip, but will restrict Amarula to racing against her own sex.

“We couldn’t be happier with her,” Caldow said. “She has done a tremendous job since she got here and just seems to be getting better all the time.

“The great things about her is she is not one dimensional and can pretty much do everything.

“She will have a couple of easy days now, then we will be off again, this time to Menangle for the New South Wales Trotters’ Oaks.

“She will return home for the Victoria Trotters’ Oaks after that which will pretty much see out her season.

“At this stage there is no plan to take on the boys in the Victoria Trotters’ Derby, but you never how plans can change when looking that far ahead.”

Driven by Caldow’s husband, John, during her Blue Riband victory, Amarula began swiftly to lead from barrier seven as the hot favourite, Blue Sky Commander, settled on her back.

Proving too slick along the home straight, the daughter of Bacardi Lindy completed a two-metre win from Blue Sky Commander, with Bold Law 22 metres away third.

“She came out of the gate well, and once in front, John said she just dropped the bit and strolled along,” Caldow said. “She is a very relaxed filly, which should take her far.

“So far she has met every target we’ve set for her and gives every indication she will keep getting better.”

The Caldows are no stranger to success in the Derby, having captured the 2008 edition with Lord Of The Gym.

  • PAUL COURTS

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