Day At The Track

Fillies ready to joing their mums on APG honour roll

06:41 PM 28 Apr 2015 NZST
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Jilliby Jitterbug scoring from Hazels Girl on her outside
Photo courtesy HRV

Three exceptionally-bred harness racing youngsters will be out to join her famous mums on the Australian Pacing Gold honour roll at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night.

Drawn perfectly in the pole, Hazels Girl is from former top pacer Miss Hazel, which captured the three-year-old division of the sales-based feature in 2006.

Trained by Michael Doltoff, Miss Hazel never contested the two-year-old series.

As for Hazels Girl, she has been installed a $2.80 favourite in her bid to lead throughout for trainer Daniel Neagoe.

By Art Major, the two-year-old finished second in last weekend’s semi-final behind Jilliby Jitterbug, which is also out to emulate her dam.

A member of the Marg Lee stable, Jilliby Jitterbug is from former classy filly Keppel Bay, which annexed the 2008 Final at Harold Park.

Prepared by Emma Stewart, Keppel Bay broken her maiden status in the $300,000 Group One at her seventh start.

Boasting a better beginning to her career, with two wins from three outings, Jilliby Jitterbug has drawn to trail Hazels Girl from barrier eight for driver Jason Lee.

“I’d definitely like to be behind the leader,” Jason declared. “She went really well last weekend. She sprinted pretty quickly.

“A few of them have a good turn of foot over the mile, so you always need a bit of luck in these sorts of races.”

Rounding out the mother-daughter trend is My Mackenzie for champion New Zealand mentor Mark Purdon.

Fifth in her semi, My Mackenzie has drawn awkwardly in barrier four in her bid to register her first victory.

By Rock N Roll Heaven, My Mackenzie is from former outstanding mare Kept For Pleasure.

Also trained by Doltoff, Kept For Pleasure was a class above her rivals in the 2007 Albion Park Final when partnered by master reinsman Gavin Lang.

Lang also drove Miss Hazel.


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