Day At The Track

Mach Three filly impressive in debut

10:06 AM 26 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Mach Three - Has another quality filly in Gamma Lady
Mach Three - Has another quality filly in Gamma Lady
Gamma Lady

It took driver Josh Dickie just a few seconds to find out how good Gamma Lady was at Alexandra Park last Friday.

And the talented horseman liked what he felt.

The first northern fillies juvenile pace of the season was a two horse war on the tote and so it proved to be on the track, with southerner Nek Time the leader and Gamma Lady the midfield stalker.

Often in a juvenile race at Alexandra Park leading is enough to get you home and that looked to be the case at the top of the 400m mark, with Nek Tike going well and Gamma Lady forced four wide.

But when the daughter of Mach Three straightened she put her head down like a little pro and demonstrated high leg speed to catch the leader in the shadows of the post.

It was impressive stuff from the Brian Hughes-trained filly, rating 1:58.6 for the 1700m and she must have clocked not much over 27 seconds for her last 400m.

Dickie got the drive through his association with Rosslands Stud, who bred and own Gamma Lady and he was beaming.

“That was a big win and she is a lovely filly,” said Dickie.

“They don’t often show you speed like that so she has a big future.

“And it is exciting because she has the final of this series not too far away,” he said in reference to the Delightful Lady Classic, the culmination of the Young Guns fillies series.

Gamma Lady is bred to be good, being out of Maheer Lady, who won six herself and was a daughter of Fern Glen.

Michael Guerin - Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand


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