Racing is a funny game.
You can argue there is more to it than just the luck of the draw on most occasions, but even connections of Rosalie Bay would happily admit that things fell their way in thefor four-year-old trotters.
After galloping on the first take, Rosalie Bay checked Shakamond who not only tipped Bec Bartley out of the cart, but continued to gallop wildly around the field causing a no-race.
When the runners had been vetted and Bartley was on her feet, the race was re-run and instead of galloping, Rosalie Bay shot off the arm as the first race leader, Shes An Image, made a mistake.
The changing of fortunes paved the way for Rosalie Bay to hand up to stablemate Zedalite and sprint-lane to victory in an impressive performance.
Moarisfavouritesun, despite racing roughly in the concluding stages, charged down the centre of the track to grab second from the early leader Zedalite.
, who jumped behind Rosalie Bay due to the fact that, in a twist of fate, regular driver Chris Alford chose to drive Shes An Image, spoke about how luck plays a part when speaking to Rob Auber post-race.
"Even though we had a bit of a mishap the first time we got to pull up a bit earlier than the others so i said to Lills (, trainer) i thought we might have a little bit up our sleeve," Sugars joked.
"I wasn't sure where we would end upW we thought we'd come across with Shes An Image and probably get shuffled back in the running line but once she was out of play and we found the front it was a logical option to hand up because you knew Zedalite would carry you a long way."
The well-backed favourite for the race, Brunellschi, had a three-wide trail early in the last lap before going solo round the home turn but he was unable to sprint as quickly as the eventual trifecta.
The margins were just over one-metre by just under one-metre in a mile rate of 2:01.4.
The last half came in 58.5 with Rosalie Bay now a winner of six from 14 in Australia.
A video is attached.
by Blake Redden
Courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria