Roche At La Plagne shows class at Ballarat

01:13 PM 04 Aug 2009 NZST
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Amy Tubbs
Amy Tubbs
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Roche At La Plagne and Remember El, a couple of lightly raced juveniles, grabbed the limelight at Ballarat tonight (August 4). Burned turned in very impressive performances. Starting from outside the second row, Roche At La Plagne ($2.50) settled down midfield before moving up to race alongside the pacemaker Courage L A ($2.40 fav.) at the bell.

The pair staged a ding-dong battle down the long Bray raceway straight with Roche At La Plagne gaining the upper hand in the dying stages. Trained an driven by Amy Tubbs, the gelding is a product of Fully Loaded and the Troublemaker mare Troublesome Macray.

Remember El, a son of the Vicbred champion Mindful, made a one-act affair of the final event.With trainer Kerryn Manning in the bike, the $3.80 favourite exploded to the front approaching the bell.

Following a 30.7 seconds middle quarter, the Elsu gelding roared home in 28.7 to donkeylick his rivals by 17 metres.He averaged a smart 2:00.6 for the 1710m. trip.

Biddys Star ($7.20) gave the locals plenty to cheer about in the C3-C4 event. Driven by David Murphy, the Beach Towel mare led from go to whoa to win decisively over another local, Nakasaki Magoo.Biddys Star, one of four winners out of the Vanderport mare Biddy My Dear, produced a flying 57.5 last half to post her seventh win.

Peter WHARTON

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