Day At The Track

Sky sets up Major Crown Challenge

03:14 PM 01 Aug 2013 NZST
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Cheer The Lady winning at last year's Breeders Crown

Tuesday night saw the running of the first four Blue Chip Farms Breeders Crown repechages and it wasn’t without upsets.

The very first heat saw Our Petite Soeur, from the Emma Stewart camp, upstage her more fancied rivals.

The little filly, who is a half-sister to Our Femme Fatale, was able to find and hold the lead from barrier position two.

Race favourite Te Amo Bromac dropped onto the leaders back in the early stages and was reeling in the winner up the straight but couldn’t catch her, going down by a half-neck on the line.

Luda, who had the one by two trail mid-race, was a close up third with a margin back to fourth.

Our Petite Soeur finished the race in a mile rate of 1:59.2 with the last half coming in 57.0.

Favourite punters had some reprieve in the next as exciting filly Quick Draft made amends behind Mindarie Priddy in her heat.

The David Aiken-trained daughter of Art Major ended up one out and one back mid-race but got the upper hand late, scoring by just under two metres from the Des McQueen winner Fon Design and the Susan Hunter-trained Still In Denial.

The mile rate was a slightly slower 2:00.9 with the last half being recorded at 57.8.

The colts and geldings had their shot at Breeders Crown glory in the next repechage and it was the upset of the night with A Bit  Ruthless having the cold sit on the odds-on favourite before securing an inside run in the straight and racing clear at the post.

Handsome Major had nothing to left to challenge as the $24 roughie steamed clear by almost four metres with Loong Nien safely holding third.

With a mile rate of 2:00.8, the winner was timed to run his last half in 57.4.

The last qualifier saw a dominant performance from New Zealand’s champion Two-Year-Old Colt or Gelding in Our Sky Major.

The Harness Jewels winner drew two but was quickly to the front for Barry and Mark Purdon. After having a slight breather in his first quarter, Purdon kept his charge running, recording the quickest mile rate of the four race in 1:57.3.

Bespoke Artist was a solid second albeit nearly six metres away, while Hectorjayjay held third, a further 14 metres behind.

The last half came in a brilliant 55.2 and has set Our Sky Major up to be one of the horses to beat come semi-final night when the Blue Chip Farms Breeders Crown returns to Bray Raceway.

by Blake Redden (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

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