Day At The Track

Will it be "Queen B" in mares' Group 1?

12:16 AM 22 May 2015 NZST
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Berisari and Nathan Jack win the Angelique Club Cup at Melton last week
Berisari and Nathan Jack win the Angelique Club Cup at Melton last week
Stuart McCormick Photo

As the curtain falls on the harness racing career of one of Emma Stewart’s high-class mares in Victoria Oaks winner Beauty Secret, the Smythes Creek trainer has another one whose star is very much on the rise.

Four-year-old Berisari has won all three of her assignments this preparation, including a last-start 3.5-metre triumph over Bettor Downunder in the Angelique Club Cup at Melton last Friday night.

On Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton the daughter of Safari will be having her 20th race start and be shooting for an 11th victory in the $100,000 Group 1 Pegasus Club Queen of the Pacific over 2760 metres.

“She’s in great form,” driver Nathan Jack said.

“She’s a real professional. We haven’t had to get serious with her yet this time. We haven’t had to pull the plugs but she’s beaten plenty of good ones. She’s really in the zone.”

Berisari has drawn barrier four in Saturday night’s mares’ classic, a field of 12 to go around in the stand start race.

“The stand start is the query, but she’s a laid-back mare and she’s in a good camp,” Jack said.

Berisari opened $3 with TAB fixed odds but quickly trimmed into $2.7, while odds-on favourite Frith has eased from her opening quote of $1.75 to $1.85.

Reigning race champion Gumdrops will be an outsider on Saturday night but has been specked in early fixed odds betting.

Beauty Secret, meanwhile, goes out a 24-time winner from 56 starts, the daughter of Armbro Operative/Secret Life having earned connections $425,921 during a glistening racing career.

VIDEO: Beauty Secret’s 2012 Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks Final victory at Tabcorp Park Melton

VIDEO: Berisari winning last week’s Angelique Club Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton

ODDS: TAB's fixed odds market for Pegasus Club Queen of the Pacific

CODY WINNELL

COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA MANAGER

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