Day At The Track

Flojos Gold impressive as Watson doubles up

12:45 AM 15 Jun 2015 NZST
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Luke Watson made it back-to-back Vicbred heat wins on the day
Luke Watson made it back-to-back Vicbred heat wins on the day

Well-bred filly Flojos Gold made it successive wins to start her harness racing career and booked a 2YO Fillies Vicbred Super Series semi-final berth at Mildura on Friday.

Trained in South Merbein by Ian Watson, Flojos Gold is a half-sister to Kira Jo ($50,000 Vicbred Home Grown Classic 3YO Fillies winner last year) and Madison Louise (1:55.9 winner at Melton and an APG semi-final placegetter at two).

Flojos Gold is a daughter of Grinfromeartoear out of Jasper Jo, who was also a handy race mare (13 wins from 91 starts, including a 1:56.3 win at Moonee Valley and a third placing in a Breeders Crown Graduate Mares Free-for-All in 2009).

Driven by Luke Watson, Flojos Gold held the front from gate one in the second of the Vicbred 2YO fillies’ heats at the 2190-metre start and was never headed, rating 2:01.2 (last 800m covered in 58.8secs).

Hilltop Sophia ran second for trainer Gawler River trainer Peter Bain and driver Matthew Smith, while Drumborg trainer Kevin Brough combined with reinsman Michael Bellman with Just Wantano in third place.

Luke Watson made it back-to-back Vicbred heat wins on the day aboard Brooke Hanson-trained Starwyn Jasper later on the program.

The son of Village Jasper/Issadora lobbed the one-one early as the leaders fought for the early ascendency (lead time 42secs).

The frontrunners kept the pressure on throughout (29.4secs and 29.3secs middle splits after a 30.5secs opening quarter).

At the home bend Murranji Track had the better of early leader and odds-on race favourite Hez The One, but Starwyn Jasper was the fresh horse on the scene and finished too well to win by 1.1m in a rate of 1:59.3.

Itmademyday ran second for Damian Wilson and Scout Hall Road was third for Simon Jardine.

2YO FILLIES 2nd HEAT

Finishing order

Video replay

3YO COLTS & GELDINGS 3rd HEAT

Finishing order

Video replay

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