Day At The Track

Dean Braun trainee delivers in "Final"

06:53 AM 03 Jun 2015 NZST
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Lookofalegend sprinted home strongly
Lookofalegend sprinted home strongly

Lookofalegend delivered on the word of astute harness racing horseman Dean Braun with a win in the Garrards Horse and House SA BOTRA Three-Year-Old Colts and Geldings final (2230m) at Globe Derby Park.

Driven by ace reinsman David Harding, Lookofalegend ($7.60) sprinted home strongly to score a five-and-a-half metre win from Im Supreme ($18.20) with Hit Maka ($2.10 fav) seven-and-a-half metres away third.

Trainer Luke O’Neill said stable clients had purchased the three-year-old late last year.

“Dean said he felt the colt would be well placed in South Australia and we were going to throw him in at the deep end looking at the SA St Leger and Derby,” O’Neill said.

“But he got a virus and we couldn’t take part.”

O’Neill said he had been delighted with the Bettor's Delight colts improvement this preparation culminating in Friday night’s win.

“We thought he had a good chance,” O’Neill said. “It looked like there was going to be good speed, and being a sit-sprint horse, the opportunity would arise to come home over the top of them and that is how it worked out.”

Driver David Harding said he knew early that Lookofalegend would be in the finish.

“He is no star but has a good sprint, and early there was nice speed,” Harding said.

“I was able to get a good drag into the race and he sprinted home strongly. Im Supreme really carried me to the home turn so it was a perfect run.”

Im Supreme ran well to finish second as did the favourite Hit Maka whose unbeaten run of six came to an end.

In the Kevin and Kay Seymour SA BOTRA Three-year-old Fillies final (2230m), the Emma Stewart-trained Lovelist gave backers no cause for concern with an all-the-way win to give driver David Harding the two three-year-old finals.

A $1.20 favourite, the Always A Virgin filly cruised to a 10.3 metre wins from Ima Shark ($8.50) with Jasperama ($47) 9.2 metres away third.

For Harding it was a classic case of going to the front and gradually improving your position. He stepped up the pace each quarter giving his rivals littler chance of victory.

Lovelist rated 31.1, 30.8, 29.8 and 28.2 to record 2:00:6.

The filly was bred by Bruce Cameron and a group of friends, and he owns the filly with an even larger group of mates, many of whom were on course to celebrate.

by Graham Fischer

South Australia Harness Racing

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