It was a case of third time lucky for top harness racing mare Spidergirl in the Australasian Breeders’ Crown.
Missing the Final as a two-year-old, Spidergirl then finished fourth in the three-year-old division won by Quite A Moment last season.
Returning for another crack at Tabcorp Park Melton last Sunday, the David Aiken-trained trotter was simply a class above her rivals when driven by premier reinsman Chris Alford.
Aiken is naturally stoked Spidergirl upstaged the ‘boys’ to cap off a tremendous campaign with a Group One win.
“She has had a wonderful year and this just tops it off perfectly,” Aiken said.
“She’s met and bettered every challenge we’ve set for her and I couldn’t be happier with the year she’s had.
“She is just a terrific mare which gives her best every time she goes around.”
Beginning swiftly to lead from the pole, Spidergirl was allowed to roll along as Blitzthemcalder worked in the ‘death seat’.
Fending off the initial challenge on the home turn, the daughter of Yankee Spider proved too slick as she completed a two-metre win from Glenferrie Typhoon, which finished along the sprint lane.
Blitzthemcalder battled on to be 10-and-a-half metres away third.
“What can you say about her...she is just a great mare,” Aiken said.
“The draw was in her favour today and she was good enough to take advantage of it.”
Rating 1:58.7 for the 2240 metres, the squaregaiter covered the last half in 57.3 seconds.
To be given a short spell, Spidergirl will be aimed at next season’s majors, with the Great Southern Star the primary target.
“I’ll give her a bit of time off and have her back and ready for the main races around Christmas,” Aiken said.
“Obviously we’d like to have her in the Great Southern Star, which she is guaranteed a place in, so we will work her campaign around that.”
Owned by Kevin Riseley’s Sheron Park, Spidergirl extended her record to 19 wins and eight placings from 31 starts for earnings of $292,587.