Mother Hen able to hold off That'll Be Franny

03:45 AM 24 Apr 2014 NZST
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Mike Sumner won the Raceway feature with Mother Hen

Mother Hen and local horseman Mike Sumner held off a late charge from That'll Be Franny for a gate-to-wire score in Tuesday's featured $7,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 3 Pace at Western Fair Raceway.

Second choice Mother Hen ($7.70) grabbed the lead from post one in the evening's featured fourth race and rebuffed a quarter-pole challenge from the favourites, Insincerity and Scott Coulter, leaving them parked the rest of the way.

Meanwhile, Mother Hen pressed on and prevailed by a quarter-length in 1:57.3 over That'll Be Franny, who closed wide from the back of the pack with Nick Steward aboard. Romantic Fever and Billy Davis Jr. followed two lengths behind in third. Longshots Little Brown Mug and Trevor Henry were fourth with Insincerity fading to fifth.

The seven-year-old Banner Yankee mare earned her second win in 12 starts this year and ninth lifetime, pushing her bankroll to $119,636.

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