Two-year-old fillies Fight For Glory and Linda Lovegrace were equally impressive, finishing first and second for Natalie Rasmussen and Mark Purdon in the second heat of the Sires’ Stakes, which was also the first two-year-old fillies race run at Addington this season.
Favourite Fight For Glory was sent straight to the front by Rasmussen where she got away with some very slow sectionals, before Purdon showed some initiative and looped the field to sit outside her with Linda Lovegrace.
The pair then raced away on the home bend, but it was Fight For Glory, a daughter of Art Major and smart mare Breath Of Life, who held on to win by three quarters of a length after enjoying the easier run.
Linda Lovegrace, a daughter of Bettor’s Delight and Lindagrace, will now head to Auckland with stable foreman Ross Payne tomorrow, with a team including Rocknroll Arden, Bonechip, Aldo Rossi, and Jay Dubb, who has undergone a change of plans and will now head north, bypassing the Kindergarten Stakes.
Smolda, Isaiah, and Willow, who was also an impressive winner last night, will also travel north with the team tomorrow, before flying out to Sydney on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Love You juvenile Monbet was an impressive winner of the two-year-old trotters’ event, downing the Purdon – Rasmussen pair of Arya and Wanna Play.
“He is a lovely trotter with plenty of scope and good manners,” said trainer Greg Hope. “Originally I thought he might have lacked an inch of real top end speed but I think he is developing that as well, he added.
By Mitchell Robertson