Put the ring around Venus

01:53 PM 31 May 2014 NZST
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Venus Serena - edges out Ideal Belle in the 3YO Diamond.
Venus Serena

Champions overcome logic. And that’s exactly what Venus Serena did when overcoming her second-line draw  to win the $150,000 3YO Diamond at Cambridge today in a sensational time of 1:52.1.

“She is the best filly I’ve ever driven and I don’t think I’ll drive another one as good as long as I live,” said driver John Dunn.

Venus Serena moved into the race three-wide with cover on the back of Charleston Belle (James Stormont) before landing the parked position and locking horns with hot favourite Ideal Belle.

The pair then engaged in a titanic battle but it was Venus Serena who pulled out more in the home stretch to win narrowly over Ideal Belle. Raksdeal finished third, while Lancewood Lizzie rounded out the First4.

“She never saw the fence the whole race but she just kept giving,” said Dunn.

The win is yet another feather in the cap for West Melton trainer Geoff Dunn, who did a phenomenal job to freshen the Mach Three filly after she performed below par in the NZ Oaks.

Venus Serena, who has now won back-to-back Harness Jewels, is owned by her breeders Bob and Jenny Sandford while Dunn also has a share.

By Mitchell Robertson

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