Mermaid Stakes goes So Deep

01:20 AM 09 Dec 2007 NZDT
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Kiwi-bred filly So Deep did all the work in the 2007 Ridley Agri-Products Mermaid Stakes and was still too good for her rivals, winning by eight metres in a rate of 2:01.2 to give driver David Harding his first win in the race.

So Deep was purchased by Dr Richard Noble from her breeders Alabar New Zealand, prior to a heat of the two-year-old fillies Australasian Breeders Crown in July and sent to Globe Derby trainer Les Harding. She subsequently finished a disappointing ninth after pulling hard in the race and was set for a spell.

The daughter of Safely Kept, out of In The Pocket mare Heel On, had impressed with two trial victories in the lead up to last Saturday nights feature by beating a couple of her highly fancied rivals and punters didn’t miss the trial form by installing her as an odds-on favourite.

From barrier six David Harding edged forward to sit outside the in-form leader Art For The Heart, and allowed So Deep to show her class by edging to the lead in the back straight on the last occasion and holding off a challenge from Fragments in the run home.

Driver Mark Billinger and his trainer-father Val were searching for back-to-back Mermaid Stakes victories with reigning South Australian Horse of the Year Same Action, but the filly had to settle for fourth place after getting back in the field.

So Deep might have only won two races now but her stakes have ticked past the $30,000 mark due to her first win in New Zealand being in the listed Delightful Lady Classic.

The SA Oaks now looks a likely target in the New Year.

Neal Conder, HRSA

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