Day At The Track

Mach Three mare gets her first win

09:00 AM 30 Sep 2018 NZDT
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Queen Of The Nite after winning at Winton
Photo Bruce Stewart

Ellie Barron reckons it's taken a while for Mach Three mare Queen Of The Nite to click onto the racing game. But she feels that by driving her back in the field the well bred mare is gaining more confidence and racing a lot better.

"The biggest thing for her is just confidence. Dad tried driving her a couple of times in front and she was galloping and all sorts. It's about putting her to sleep in the race and running her home really," Barron said.

From gate five Barron eased Queen Of The Nite back, settling third last. With 750 metres to run she got onto the back of an improving Poldark and progressed forward. She was pushed four wide at the 600 when Jamies Bad Boy pushed out. From there she ran home resolutely down the centre of the track to beat Flogging Molly by half a head. 

"She was travelling sweet. She's a lovely horse to drive. I probably would have won a bit easier but she got pushed four wide so she's actually gone very well. I felt I was comfortable 100 (metres) out, then I could just see the ears of Nathan's horse (Flogging Molly) and it was quite close at the finish." 

Queen Of The Nite was initially trained by Ken and Tony Barron in Canterbury and was sent south for better opportunities last season. Ellie's mother Jackie took over the ownership in July this year and Queen Of The Nite's form this season has been very solid.

"I think she'll be competitive in the next grade as she doesn't mind a bit of distance. The harder they go the happier she is."  

Her pedigree is stacked full of winners. Her dam Sirius Flight by Big Dog won all of her five starts in America while her mother, Vance Hanover mare Pacific Flight won a total of forty seven races. Thirty eight of those were in America winning a total of $562,345. Sirius Flight, which is owned by Cavalla Bloodstock has also left Timeless Perfection, the winner of seven and Malak Uswaad which won nine races. 


Bruce Stewart

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