Snooki wins Northern Oaks Prelude

12:29 PM 23 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Tony Herlihy - trainer-driver of Snooki
Snooki
Ideal Power

Smart filly Snooki looks primed and ready for next week’s Great Northern Oaks after leading all of the way in Friday’s $15,000 prelude.

After showing good gatespeed, trainer-driver Tony Herlihy quickly had Snooki up vying for the lead. He then let the Bettor’s Delight filly roll along in front, before kicking strongly in the straight to hold of Rocknroll Arden, who had ample opportunity to slick shot her after enjoying the gun run in the trail.

Pricillas Girl finished on well for third, but was no match for the first two.

Snooki paced the 2200 metre journey in a slick 2-41.9, with slick sectionals of 57.5 and 27.3. She has now won six of her 11 career starts and placed on a further four occasions.

Meanwhile, Ideal Power proved to be a very good second-stringer for Nigel McGrath on Friday, winning the fifth heat of the Nevele R Fillies Series at Methven.

McGrath, who recently sold his star filly Libertybelle Midfrew to Perth, sent the daughter of Western Ideal straight to the top, where he set a stern tempo.

Ideal Power then packed too many guns in the home stretch, holding of Cala and Angelina Jolie to win in a slick time of 1-57.9 in what was the first ever heat of the Nevele R Fillies run on a grass track.

By Mitchell Robertson

 

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