The first Group 1 of Blue Chip Farmsday went to Frith in a dominant front-running display.
She has stamped herself as Australia’s best three-year-old filly in recent times but she took it to a new level in the $175,000 championship event.
Worked over in the early stages by Lombo Keepa Secret, Montana Marie and eventually Safedra, who all made moves to sit parked at some stage,kept his cool and maintained the lead which he established as the arms folded back.
Running sub 30sec quarters in each of the first two sections of the last mile, Harpley put the foot to the floor in the third quarter and ripped down the back in 27.6secs.
Only Rogers Passion could mount any sort of effort from the leaders back but Harpley kept his filly charging along in the front and she was simply too classy for her rivals, holding a margin of 11 metres at the post.
Kiwi-turned-Tasmanian raider Delightful Christian ran home from three back on the pegs when she saw clear running and was a close up third.
Fourth went to Our Femme Fatale, who started the three wide train, from Im Smouldering, who despite finding the chair early, was shuffled back and held up for a run rounding the home turn.
The race was completed in the speedy mile rate of 1:55.2 with the last half of 56.6sec rounding out a thoroughly dominant performance.
Frith has now won 15 from 16 this season including the WA and Victoria Oaks with her only loss coming in a narrow NSW Oaks defeat.
Her trainer/driver Bruce Harpley spoke to Rob Auber on track post-race and couldn’t contain the excitement of training the filly to the season ending Group 1 win.
“It was an honest run race and they made her earn it but she’s been so good all year and I’m glad just glad she proved it again today,” Harpley said.
“She’s taken us to places we thought we’d never go we’re all in the game to get a horse like this and this is what it’s all about; family and friends and the whole team who have been involved.
“I don’t care if I live until 150 I’ll be watching the replays of this until then.”
A video is attached.
by Blake Redden
Courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria