Fawzia shines in fillies Sweepstakes final

01:30 AM 26 May 2014 NZST
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Fawzia (Todd Rattray)
Fawzia (Todd Rattray) defeats Jokers Wild Card in fillies Sweestakes final
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Todd Rattray interview
LIGHTLY raced pacing filly Fawzia delivered the goods in the fillies' division final of the Big Park Sweepstakes in Hobart on Sunday night.

With Todd Rattray in the cart the filly trailed the leader for most of the 1609-metre journey before easing out in the home straight to stake her claim.

The leader and race favourite Jokers Wild Card looked to be travelling well nearing the home turn but when her driver Gareth Rattray released the deafeners and went for home it opened the door for Fawzia to issue her challenge.

Fawzia moved alongside Jokers Wild Card and eventually gained the upper hand with the judges winning margin 1-1/4 metres on the line.

Jokers Wild Card battled gamely while Grace Campbell (Adrian Duggan) worked home nicely for third but over five metres astern.

Fawzia (x Sportswriter) is trained by Barrie Rattray who also bred the filly from his former handy race mare Public Persecution that probably never realised her full potential because of her attitude to racing.

Rattray said Fawzia also has attitude but thankfully not as many unsuitable traits as her mother.

Listen to the audio above to what driver Todd Rattray had to say about Fawzia's win.

Peter Staples

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