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Harness racing trainer Amanda Turnbull took a gamble and it paid off when unraced youngster Eliza Dushku scored a stunning win in tonight's Group Two Mt Franklin Pink Bonnet at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Turnbull explained that Eliza Dusku hadn't been paid up for a lot of the feature races so she decided to take the gamble and rush her youngster's preparation to be ready for a tilt at the $51,500 Pink Bonnet at her first start in a race. "Eliza" did the rest racing away to score an amazing 14.5m win in a 1:55.7 mile rate, beating Shez Sugarsweet and Its All Bliss to give reinsman Nathan Jack three winners in the first four races at Menangle after he earlier scored in two heats of the NSW Derby. "We had to take the gamble and go forward to put her in the race, sometimes you have to take that risk but tonight it paid off," said a jubilant Jack, celebrating one of his best night's at the south-western Sydney harness racing track. The daughter of Bettor's Delight is certain to be a contender in anything she starts in and Turnbull admitted she would have to look around and find some more worthwhile targets for Eliza Dushku now that she had shown her talents to the world. "This is a big group of owners and this is what's it's all about," said Jack. "A lot of them travelled up from Victoria to see her race tonight, so I was happy we could give them a feature win in the oldest two-year-old fillies' race in Australia. "I'm not sure we'll be able to get the famous pink bonnet on her . . . but we'll give it a good-old fashioned try." Eliza Dushku by Michael Court                  

Vendors of the five lots in today’s Gloucester Standardbreds WA Yearling Sale by Jeremes Jet were smiling after the 2yo Fillies Debutante Stakes at last night’s Bunbury meeting. Tricky Styx, a Jeremes Jet filly having just her second race-start, covered the one mile trip in a slick 1:57.5 to down the Rich And Spoilt filly Straittothehilton for trainer Jesse Moore and driver Aiden De Campo. There are five lots in today’s sale by Jeremes Jet including two fillies. Another Jereme’s Jet 2yo filly in Mustang Jet finished a gallant second to Art Major filly Bamako Mali in last night’s Group Two Pink Bonnet at Menangle. The colts edition of Bunbury’s Debutante Stakes was taken out by the Shadow Play gelding Out Of The Shadow which rated 1:58.8 in downing the Barnett Hanover colt Barn Owl and the Shadow Play debutante Jumping At Shadows. There are four yearlings by Shadow Play on offer today including two colts. The 2014 Gloucester Standardbreds WA Yearling Sale gets under way at the Belmont Park Sales Complex at 1:00pm with a parade of yearlings commencing at 10:00am. The office at the complex will open at 8:00am for those wishing to make an early start on finding their champion.

Unbeaten filly Bamako Mali added one of harness racing’s most unusual trophies to Team McCarthy’s burgeoning trophy cabinet with an all-the-way win in tonight’s $50,000 Allied Express Pink Bonnet at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Fresh from an impressive effort to win on Tuesday to qualify for the Group Two feature, Bamako Mali probably won the race when the mobile let them go. Reinsman Luke McCarthy took full advantage of Bamako Mali’s enormous gate speed and had little problem holding out her rivals in the run to the first turn, despite pressure from Butterfly Princess, driven by the race sponsor Colin McDowell and Miss Condoleezza (Anthony Butt). There was no loafing in those early stages of the race either, with a 27.8 first split of the mile before McCarthy was able to back off the speed ever so slightly with a 30.1 second split. Then it was foot to the floor stuff as this impressive Art Major filly gave none of her rivals a hope, coming home with a last half of 57.7 seconds (29s and 28.7s) to beat Mustang Jet by four and a half metres in a 1:55.6 mile rate with the gutsy Girls Go Racing coming from three back on the markers to grab third for the winning stable. Part of Bamako Mali’s prize in winning the Pink Bonnet is exactly that, a pink bonnet, which she wasn’t all that keen to wear – but relented in the end. Trainer Belinda McCarthy gave the credit to her husband Luke for “another great drive” but Bamako Mali will definitely go on to bigger and better things. Harness Racing New South Wales ALLIED EXPRESS PINK BONNET (GROUP 2)

Sydney trainer Trevor Munday believes record breaking two year old Onethingforcertain will continue to improve and could develop into an Oaks filly next season. Onethingforcertain became the fastest two year old filly in Australasia when she recorded a 1:54.1 win at Tabcorp Park Menangle last month and Munday is hoping she continues her winning run this Saturday night. "Onethingforcertain has a very high cruising speed and she can be a bit deceptive because last start when she won I thought we had run about 1:58 and when I looked up at the clock she had gone 1:55.3" Munday said. "I honestly think she'll be a better filly next season and with a bit more maturity and time she might go to the next level, everything that I have asked of her since she arrived she has done comfortably." Onethingforcertain started her racing career in Tamworth with trainer and part owner Dwayne Brown and was racing well enough for connections to bring her to Sydney for the Pink Bonnet. "Dwayne's son Scott did two weeks of work experience with John Tapp's stable which is where I work and I got to meet the family and kept in touch with them, then when they brought the filly down for the Pink Bonnet we arranged that Dwayne would stop off at my place on the way to Menangle for her to have a couple of hours off the float before the race." "They took her to Queensland for the Nursery and she just missed out on the final so then Dwayne rang and asked f I would be interested in looking after her until the end of the season here in Sydney where she could race for the better prize money." Onethingforcertain will face her biggest test this Saturday night when she meets the Belinda McCarthy trained Bling It On. "She's got good natural speed so I think we have to use that this week but there are a couple of horses in the race that are talented and my tactics will depend a lot on what they do." "She's double Qbred but she isn't eligible for anything else. She should do a good job for the rest of the season in Sydney." Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |

Unheralded outsider Denises Legacy joined an elite band of harness racing youngsters when she scored a shock win in tonight's (Saturday the 23rd February)$50,000 Allied Express Pink Bonnet at Tabcorp Park Menangle.

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