An overflow field of 11 filly trotters headlined Wednesday night’s (January 18) card as round two action of the Champion On Ice Series received top billing on the 10-race program.
With Round one runaway winner Fall Creek Mist electing to skip this week’s action this race figured to be a wide-open battle from start to finish. Much to the chagrin of her 10 rivals Richard Beere’s Primmarose Hotspur turned the race into a walk in the park as she made every call a winning one in a career best of 2:00.2.
Despite being stuck with post position nine driver Jason Dillander hustled the 5-Year-Old mare away from the gate and she was trotting easily on the front end as she moved by the opening quarter in 29.1 seconds.
Continuing to hold her rivals at bay as they moved down the backstretch, the Nelson Willis trained miss was well within herself as she led the field through a half-mile in 58.3s.
Dillander was able to give his charge a breather on the far turn trotting a 30.4 third quarter while still maintaining a comfortable 1 ¾ length advantage. With three-quarters on the board in 1:29.2 the daughter ofset sail for home.
While none of her rivals were able to mount a series challenge in through the stretch Dillander was sitting “chilly” in the bike as he guided Primmarose Hotspur under the finish line with a convincing 3 ½ length score.
Skinan (Dave Magee), the 7-5 favourite of the wagering public, sat on the winner’s back every step of the way but never really mounted a serious assault and was forced to settle for the bridesmaid role. Dream Alike (Tom Tetrick) rallied late to finish third, 4 ¼ lengths behind the winner.
The victory for Primmarose Hotspur came in her first start of the 2006 season.
Courtesy Of Tom Kelley, Publicity Director, Balmoral Park