Day At The Track

Bling It On upsets Lennytheshark

03:57 AM 13 Nov 2016 NZDT
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Bling It On wins the $50,000 Olympus Feeds Smoken Up Sprint Bling It On after wining the $50,000 Olympus Feeds Smoken Up Sprint
Bling It On wins the $50,000 Olympus Feeds Smoken Up Sprint
Stuart McCormick Photo
Bling It On after wining the $50,000 Olympus Feeds Smoken Up Sprint
Stuart McCormick Photo

All the talk was about Lennytheshark in the lead-up but it was a different flash of Perth-bound yellow that dropped harness racing jaws at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night.

Belinda and Luke McCarthy’s Sydney raider, Bling It On, burst home late to clip the Australian Horse of the Year, winning in a 1:51.4 mile rate, just 0.6 of a second outside Cold Major’s track record.

The win in the Olympus Feeds Smoken Up Sprint further swelled Bling It On’s seven-figure career stakes and come much to the joy of driver Luke McCarthy.

“He’s been a great horse right from the start of his career,” McCarthy said. “He won the Breeders Crown as a two-year-old, he’s gone over a million dollars. We gave him a good spell, he’s only had the three runs back this time and we think he’s going as good as he’s ever gone.”

McCarthy made a play for the front from gate six but soon eased back, with plenty of pace underneath him from Major Crocker, who found the front, and Exciteusinthecity.

“There was a heap of speed early,” McCarthy said. “We came out as quick as them, but there was too much tempo underneath then so I just ducked in and thought I’d wait for Guaranteed to come around and try and get the back of him. He always takes you a long way and it worked out really good.”

Gavin Lang looped Bling It On to take Guaranteed to the breeze, and then down the back straight Lennytheshark stepped out three-wide and the race was on in earnest.

Major Crocker’s lead was gobbled up by Guaranteed and Lennytheshark by the turn while Bling It On lay in wait, having the last crack at Lennytheshark and grabbing David Aiken’s superstar on the line.

“You are never confident you can get past Lenny because he is such a great horse,” McCarthy said post-race. “We’ve just been so happy with this guy, we are just glad to see him hit the line like that and hopefully he can hold the form for the Inter Dominion.”

Bling It On is expected to fly to Perth later today, in addition to a host of Victoria’s topline horses, to contest the Inter Dominion, with heats on November 25, 29 and December 2, before the December 9 final.

Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

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