Day At The Track

Zac's magical weekend

08:59 AM 14 Mar 2017 NZDT
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Une Belle Allure wins the Need For Speed Prince final for Zac Phillips.
Stuart McCormack photo

Zac Phillips is one of the most popular young drivers in Australia and now he’s one of the most wanted as well.

Phillips broke through for his first Group 1 win on Une Belle Allure at Melton last Saturday night and found the perfect way to celebrate … with another Group 1 win 30 minutes later on Red Hot Tooth later.

Then, just for good measure, he backed-up to add the Wangaratta Cup aboard Four Ex Dan yesterday (Sunday).

“It’s unbelievable. I’m still pinching myself,” Phillips said. “To win three big races across the weekend for the three stables who most support me is pretty special.”

Although Une Belle Allure’s Need For Speed Princess final was Phillips’ first Group 1 win, he said Red Hot Tooth’s Group 1 Breed For Speed Gold final victory was “as good as it gets.”

“Of course your first Group 1 is amazing, but to team up with Paul and Kari (Males) for that Group 1 with Red Hot Tooth was extra special because they have been there supporting me and giving me opportunities since I first started driving as a 16 year-old,” Phillips said.

Rewarding loyalty also gave an extra edge to Four Ex Dan’s Wangaratta Cup win.

“Adam (Kelly, Four Ex Dan’s trainer) is who I worked for when I first started out and his support has been there all the way through,” Phillips said.

Sentimentality aside, it was Une Belle Allure’s win which was the most important in Phillips’ career.

That’s because the three-year-old filly is part of the Yabby Dams “army” with trainer Anton Golino and owner Pat Driscoll.

With a lavish farm full of regally-bred young trotters, Yabby Dams is poised to dominating trotting ranks.

“I’m good mates with Todd Matthews (who works for Yabby Dams) and he put in a word for me a while back, which led to me getting a few drives for them,” Phillips said.

“They are already a big force and only going to get much bigger with the stock they have.”

Une Belle Allure, one of a staggering six of the 10 runners Golino trained in the race, camped on the leaders, got into the clear on the home bend and nabbed favourite and stablemate Dance Craze to win by nose.

Golino trained the first four home with Nieta third and My Chimera fourth.

Adam Hamilton

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