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Hills Angel upsets in Pure Ivory final

07:18 PM 18 Aug 2015 NZST
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Hills Angel - Nailed her first win in the final of the Pure Ivory Series
Hills Angel - Nailed her first win in the final of the Pure Ivory Series

A John Bax trained filly can never be overlooked and once again Monday night at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack that statement rang true in the final of the Pure Ivory series.

A field of ten rookie trotting fillies contested the $35,400 final of the Pure Ivory series.

Fresh off her victory in last week's second leg, Pennies From Above was sent off as the 3/5 choice for trainer/driver Dustin Jones.

Thisladysdynamite, the first leg winner, shot out to the lead from post ten and posted an opening panel of :28.2.

Sound Of Music circled around the leader in the second-quarter from the two-hole to take the field by the half in :58.4.

Pennies From Above, who was situated fifth through the opening half, was able to catch the cover of Safekeeping to be second-over at the three-quarter pole.

Bax trainee Hills Angel and driver Paul MacDonell got into the outer flow and sat third-over turning for home at odds of 25-1.

In the stretch, Pennies From Above flipped off her cover and charged to the lead, but Hills Angel stuck right with the favourite for the stretch drive and eventually overtook the lead in the final sixteenth to score the upset by a length in 1:58.4.

Rose Run Reanna got up for third, while Thisladysdynamite took fourth.

The upset victory was the first career score for Hills Angel in her fourth start.

The daughter of Muscle Hill is owned by Bax Stable - Glengate Farms and was a $40,000 yearling purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Sale.

The series finale victory boosts Hills Angel's earnings to $21,300 and the Bax trainee is eligible to the Champlain and Peaceful Way Stakes later this season at Mohawk.

A $2 win ticket on Hills Angel returned $55.60.

Mark McKelvie

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