Day At The Track

Top drive guides Bulgari Rose to win

09:26 AM 30 Oct 2017 NZDT
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Bulgari Rose holds off her rivals in the Gerard Yeo Memorial on Friday night
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Barrier draws mean so much in harness racing, and that was the case again on Friday night when Nyngan-trained mare Bulgari Rose was successful in the Gerard Yeo Memorial Pace (2120m) at Dubbo Paceway.

With members of the Yeo family trackside, leading driver Mat Rue was at his absolute best as he guided the four-year-old Mach Three (CAN) x Cartier (USA) mare to an all-the-way win in the feature, just lasting to win in a driving three-way finish.

Bulgari Rose ($2.40 fav) was able to hold the lead early, and it was a lead she wouldn’t relinquish.

After strolling through the first two quarters of the last mile in splits of 33.3s and 32.5s, Bulgari Rose slipped through the third quarter in 30.7s.

It ensured she had enough in the tank to fly home over the last 400m in 28.7s, enough to hold off Village Angel ($8.30, McKayler Barnes) by a half-neck.

Son Of A Virgin ($9.80, Mark Hewitt) was a further neck away in third place in a race where the mile rate was 2:03.9.

The other main race on the card, the Dubbo RSL Club and Resort Final (2120m) also saw an all-the-way winner in the form of She’s A Ranger.

Trained at Forbes by Adam Bellach, and with Angela Hedges in the gig, the $1.90 favourite shot away from her rivals at the 400m mark to beat Miss Ives ($14.30, Greg Rue) by more than 11 metres.

Shazam Shannon ($23.00, McKayler Barnes) was a further six metres away in third position.

Dubbo Harness Racing Club’s next meeting will be held at the Showground Paceway on Wednesday, November 15.

By Ben Walker

Reprinted with permission of The Daily Liberal

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