Day At The Track


03:44 AM 27 May 2005 NZST
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Roger Walsh
Roger Walsh
Photo by Chrissy Koeppen

Victor’s Pursuit continued her impressive sophomore campaign with a resounding 3 ½ length triumph in Thursday night’s (May 26) $48,500 Violet Stake Final at Balmoral Park.

Robert Rietveld and Paul Gibson own Victor’s Pursuit.

Content to sit at the back of the pack after leaving from post position nine, the Roger Welch trained and driven miss was some 16 lengths off the lead as His Mssse Ja (John Roberts) stormed through an opening quarter in 28.3 seconds.

The duel for command of the race continued on the backstretch as last year’s division champion, Arcola (Tim Tetrick) pulled from the pocket and rolled into the lead as the field trotted through an opening half-mile in 58s.

The lead was short lived though as a hard charging Pa-High (John D. Finn) swept up on the turn and quickly trotted away to lead by 1 ½ lengths as she took the field by the three-quarter-mile station in 1.27.

Through the stretch Pa-High continued to lead by two-lengths but all the early action was beginning to take a toll not only on her but also the rest of the early leaders.

A first over Orpha Lou (Dave Magee) was gaining quickly on the outside of horses while Victor’s Pursuit was gobbling up huge chunks of ground after being seventh as the field turned for home.

Coming down to the wire the daughter of Valley Victor was in full flight as she cruised right by her rivals with a 28.1 second final split to win in a career best offering of 1.56.1.

Orpha Lou turned in a very solid effort from post position eight to be the bridesmaid while a ground saving Silhouette Star (Dale Hiteman) shook loose late to get the show dough.

Unraced as a 2-Year-Old Victor’s Pursuit has jumped to the top of this division by posting six wins in her first eight career starts.

The only two losses in this promising fillies career both came as the result of early miscues and she has now banked $41,156 for her proud owners.

Courtesy Of Tom Kelley, Publicity Director, Balmoral Park

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