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Kerryn Manning’s victory salute said it all. Manning is so rarely demonstrative on the track, but Ameretto’s breakthrough Group 1 win in Saturday night’s $100,000 Queen of the Pacific meant so much on every level. After a string of Group 1 placings, including seconds in the Victoria Cup and Perth’s Mares’ Classic already this season, Ameretto so deserved Group 1 glory. It again cemented her as Australia’s best mare. And it was testimony to the training deeds of Manning and husband, Grant Campbell, to win a gruelling 2760m feature just second-up from a spell. “We thought we were up against it to have her ready, but managed to get that one lead-up run into her and stepped-up her and she responded,” Manning said. “She thrives on hard racing. It was a really strongly run race and she’s so strong she just keeps coming.” It needed something special to get past flying mare Berisari once Nathan Jack bludgeoned his way past Ameretto to lead, but Manning’s mare was up to it. She overpowered a gallant Berisari in the last 100m to win pulling clear by 5.4m in a 1min57.2sec mile rate. Ameretto’s raced 66 times for 26 wins, 19 placings and earned $545,019. Just as she did in 2016, Berisari had to be content with second after winning the first two legs of Victoria’s mares’ triple crown. The Harness Jewels-bound Carlas Pixel ruined her chances by uncharacteristically overracing so badly in the middle stages. She was still second on the home bend, but tired late for seventh. A mare to follow from the race is definitely recent Kiwi import Share The Road who stormed home from last out five and six-wide to finish fifth and was clocked to run a staggering 54.6sec last half in elite company. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Darren Hancock recently farewelled his stable star, veteran trotter On Thunder Road, to the US, but he looks to have found an ideal replacement from obscurity. Former talented young pacer Drop The Hammer ran sixth in the Australian Gold final at two and contested a NSW Derby heat as recently as February, but now he’s changed gait and is making his mark. Drop The Hammer’s four trotting runs have netted two wins and two thirds. It was the latest win, a dominant display in Saturday night’s Group 3 NSW 3YO Trotters’ Foundation final, which highlighted the son of Bettors Delight’s potential. Hancock took the reins for a runaway 25.5m win in a slick 1min59.5sec mile rate for 2300m at Menangle. He left talented Kiwi-breds Castlereagh and One Muscle Hill in his wake for the minor placings. Another highlight of the meeting came when flying former Kiwi mare Reaza Grunter sparkled with a return to winning form in a 1min51.7sec mile. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Former Kiwi trotter Tornado Valley’s seven-race winning streak came to an end when fourth in the Group 1 Australasian Trotting Championship at Melton on Saturday night. The combination of a 10m handicap and doing the work outside the leader took its toll late and Tornado Valley weakened for a close fourth behind handy sit-sprinter Fabrication. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Former Hunter Cup winner Bling It On’s return didn’t go as punters hoped. Things looked good midrace when Luke McCarthy whizzed around the field from last to first, but the improved, race fit and in-form Match In Heaven moved around to put some pressure on. Bling It On, first-up since February’s Hunter Cup, ran out of condition and weakened to finish sixth, while Match In Heaven found plenty to stave-off KerryAnn Turner’s stablemates Aztec Bromac and Celestial Arden in a 1min55.1sec mile rate for 2300m. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ You can only wonder how good Illawong Armstrong would have been with better manners. Jodi Quinlan’s now six-year-old has shown heaps of talent since his juvenile days, but his headstrong nature has proven a nightmare at times for Quinlan. After being winless in his first six starts this season, he son of Majestic Son made it back-to-wins when he posted the 17th win of his 52 start career at Bendigo last Friday night. Despite almost ripping Quinlan’s arms out at times once he found the lead, Illawong Armstrong – now a six-year-old – found plenty to stave-off a late surge from Andy Gath’s former Kiwi trotter Kingdom Come to win by a half-head in a slick 1min59.4sec mile rate for 2150m. Illawong Armstrong’s biggest win was the Breeders Crown 4YO final and he’s now just a few dollars short of $200,000 in earnings. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ It was career win number 37 for Kyle Harper’s injury-plagued open-class star Bettors Fire at Gloucester Park last Friday night. And the win took him past a remarkable milestone of $750,000 in career earnings. The race was all about the start and Harper threw everything at his nine-year-old veteran star to narrowly find the front from gate six and that was effectively the race. Harper “pinched” a 32.3sec first quarter of the last mile then ripped home in 55.4 and 27.3sec to beat The Bucket List by 1.8m in a 1min56.1sec mile rate for 2130m. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ No wonder respected trainer David Jack was eyeing-off a possible Harness Jewels raid with baby trotter Moreton Bay at one stage. The Majestic Son colt toyed with his rivals to win the Group 1 Vicbred Platinum 2YO colts and geldings trotting final at Melton on Saturday night. Moreton Bay led from the pole and gave nothing else a chance in a 2min1.1sec mile rate for 1720m. He’s raced five wins and won all three of them when he hasn’t made a gallop. Betterthancheddar gelding Betternbetter was even more impressive winning the Group 2 Platinum final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. In an epic finish, Betternbetter did all the chasing and nabbed the leader Im Sir Blake to win by a neck with 20m away to third-placed Young Rooster in a slick 1min54.3sec mile rate for 1720m.   Adam Hamilton

The Orange Agent capped an extraordinary three weeks of harness racing with a dominant win in the Benstud Queen Of The Pacific completing her clean sweep of the Mares Triple Crown. In Chris Alford’s hands the five-year-old American Ideal mare was again in a class of her own, sweeping to the front early in the $100,000 feature and being unchallenged amid a class group of challengers. “She’s just a perfect racehorse,” Alford said of The Orange Agent, who is trained by New Zealand’s Brian Hughes. “Great to drive, just does everything that you ask.” In fact, she was in such a class of her own Alford said the $1.04 favourite almost drifted off in the night’s feature. “She was just jogging around the home turn tonight,” he said. “She just sort of switched off a little bit when she got away, but once she found the front she was going to be very hard to beat. “If she had something to run with her tonight she would have won as easy as she did last week, but she just got a little lost in front. She’s beaten Grand Circuit horses before and wouldn’t disgrace herself in the really good races.” The victory came on the back of success in the Alabar sponsored Group 3 titles Make Mine Cullen and Angelique Club Cup, a succession of three victories in three weeks that ranged from 1720m through to tonight’s 2760m staying test. Not for the first time it was the New Zealand visitors who departed with a big chunk of the change from tonight’s racing, with My Field Marshall winning a survival of the fittest in the $75,000 4YO and 5YO Championship. The Tim Butt trained five-year-old is facing a crucial campaign according to driver Anthony Butt and tonight’s bold showing, when he come with a well-timed burst to mow down a tiring field, was encouraging reaffirmation of the Art Major entire’s elite talent. “Tim’s hoping he’s going to turn into a Grand Circuit horse,” Anthony Butt said. “This is perhaps going to be the make or break for him, he’s had some health issues over the past. He’s got the ability, it’s just getting his health right and Tim’s done a great job so far of doing that.” Tonight’s Group 2 was a certainly a fitness test, with the interchanging frontrunners running a record 41.7-second lead time. While Dont Hold Back, Egodan, Spare Me Days and Mattgregor all contributed to that early pace, Butt was happy to wait at the tail of the field. “Tonight they set it up for him and he was good enough to capitalise,” Butt said. “It was working out really good. I thought there were plenty of horses in no man’s land, I thought there was going to be a bit of speed with no real dominant horse in the race.” My Field Marshall hooked on to the back of Burnaholeinmypocket in the final lap, advancing steadily while Kerryn Manning placed Mr Mojito brilliantly to pinch a break on the field. At 200m to go some 20m separated My Field Marshall from a tiring Mr Mojito and by 100m that margin had halved, with the Kiwi clipping brave Mattgregor and third-placed Mr Mojito in the dying stages to take the honours. “He’s just a lovely horse, he can do anything. He can lead, he’s very adaptable, he can sit in the field, he’s a high speed horse.” And more wins are likely to come. “Tim just took him along quietly this year. He’s doing all his races now at a tough level, he has to race against the best and you don’t always win,” Butt said. “He’ll have a wee campaign over here and he should be a nice horse in the spring again. I think they are going to move on to the Len Smith Mile, it’s just a matter of how they get there. I think they are going to stay down here for a race in between. While he keeps going like that he will stay on.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

The trots' newly-crowned 'Mr 6000' says Kiwi mare The Orange Agent can test Aussie pacing superstar Lennytheshark given the chance. But first Victorian horseman Chris Alford and The Orange Agent will need to justify red hot favouritism in the final leg of the Triple Mares Crown at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday. The Orange Agent has bolted away with the first two legs of the Victorian crown and will be red hot for the final, the $100,000 Queen Of The Pacific, even after drawing the second line. She remained unbeaten in Australia at Melton last Friday night and Alford says the ease of the win was almost embarrassing. “She just cruised up to them down the back straight and at the 400m she actually got in a bad mood with me and threw her head in the air because I wouldn’t let her run past them,” says Alford. “She is a very, very good mare and over 2760m this week she should be even better.” Alford became the first Australasian trots driver to record 6000 career wins at Melton on Monday night, capping a remarkable last 18 months in which he has won the Inter Dominion, Victoria Cup and Miracle Mile, all with Lennytheshark. That last win, over a Kiwi trio of Smolda, Lazarus and Our Waikiki Beach, had many Australians suggesting Lennytheshark is the actual king of Australasian pacing, even though Lazarus’s body of work this season is clearly stronger. But his recent drives on The Orange Agent put Alford in a unique position to judge the mare against Lenny and he says a potential clash in the Len Smith Mile in Sydney next month would be interesting. “Lenny is a champion and I’d have to say the best horse I have driven now,” says Alford, who turns 50 this week. “But this mare is flying and if she sat on Lenny’s back she would run him close. I am not saying she would run past him because not many horses can do that.” Managing owner John Green says the Len Smith Mile clash is definitely on should The Orange Agent come through this Saturday well. “That is the plan. A $30,000 mares lead-up race at Menangle then the Len Smith Mile, with Tony (Herlihy) being offered the drive since Chris will be driving Lenny,” says Green. And The Orange Agent has already proven she can beat pacing’s big boys, having downed Smolda and Have Faith In Me at Alexandra Park in March as part of a stellar comeback after 14 months on the sidelines with injury. While The Orange Agent appears to have the triple crown at her mercy the Australian campaign for fellow Kiwi mare Our Golden Goddess has proved a disaster. Not only did she drop out behind The Orange Agent last Friday but she was found to be off colour after the race and will now miss this Saturday as well as the Harness Jewels for which she was second favourite for the four-year-old Diamond. Also missing from the Jewels will be northern Group 1 winner Mach Shard, who trainer Barry Purdon has put aside for the season after a dull performance at Addington last Friday. “I think a spell is the best thing for him so he will come back an be aimed at the Sires’ Stakes,” said Purdon. Many Jewels contenders will have their final warm ups at Addington on Friday, with the track’s second strongest meeting of the year after Cup week. Bonnie Joan has been the big winner in the draw for the NZ Oaks, looking the likely leader while Spanish Armada faces a second line marble and Partyon the outside of the front line. Alta Maestro and Spankem draw alongside each other in the Sires’ Stakes two-year-old final while many of the country’s best young trotters meet in two and three-year-old features and the Winter Cup gives Jewels favourite Piccadilly Princess her last chance to qualify for the June 3 extravaganza. And the main trot sees Marcoola return against fellow four-year-olds Lemond, Wilma’s Mate and Rowe Cup winner Temporale. by Michael Guerin Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 20 May 2017 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 20 May 2017

Nike Franco’s position among Australia’s elite harness racing mares has been further entrenched with a powerful $100,000 Benstud Queen of the Pacific win at Tabcorp Park Melton. The five-year-old mare (by McArdle out of Nearea Franco) from Dean Braun’s Lara stables upstaged a quality line-up in the Group 1 mares’ classic, including former race winner Gumdrops and millionaire earner Frith. Nike Franco led for the majority of Saturday night’s 2760-metre journey and rated 1:56.5, finishing 1.9m clear of runner-up Milly Perez with third placegetter and race favourite Cyclone Kate 3.1m off the winner. RE-LIVE NIKE FRANCO’S QUEEN OF THE PACIFIC TRIUMPH “This mare’s so exciting,” an elated Braun said. “I’ve had some really good racehorses but this mare’s very special. “I said to Greg Sugars (Driver) that I thought I had her pretty right tonight … he drove her really well.” Nike Franco has won feature races in four Australian states, with two Oaks successes in Queensland – the Gold Coast and the Qld, the Raith Memorial in New South Wales, the rich Mares Classic in Western Australia, and this season’s Warragul Cup and now the Queen of the Pacific in Victoria. “To do what she did tonight was pretty special,” Braun said.   The victory capped a great night for Greg Sugars, who drove a winning treble and dual Group 1 successes after earlier securing the win in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic Final for 2YO Trotting Fillies aboard Illawong Shimmer, trained by Greg’s father Ross. Illawong Shimmer (by Muscle Mass out of Shining Sun) is, as her name suggests, a member of trots owner Dr Martin Hartnett’s clan. “They deserve every win they get for what they put in,” Sugars said post-race of Hartnett and wife Kaye. Illawong Shimmer rated 2:01.2 for the 1720m trip to defeat Yankee Redback (Kerryn Manning) with Sval Queen (Anthony Butt) third. Deltasun won the night’s other Group 1, the colts and geldings’ trotters Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic. Trained by former jockey Terry Young at Ararat, Deltasun (by Tennotrump out of Deltasu) handled the final corner better than race favourite Illawong Byron (Jodi Quinlan) and held a half-neck advantage over that horse on the line in a rate of 2:01.6, with Kheiron (Peter Lane) third. Sugars and Lang shared driving honours at Melton, each grabbing a treble. In addition to the abovementioned victories Sugars steered Anton Golino-trained Val Gardena (by Kadabra out of Lets Be Happy) to victory in the Haras Des Trotteurs Sweetheart Trot Final, while Lang guided former New South Wales Derby winner Major Secret (Art Major/Secret Life) home in the Best In Town Concreting Pace for Emma Stewart, and Hectorjayjay (Dream Away/Sheer Finesse) to victory in the Group 2 University Meat 4YO and 5YO Championship over 2240m. CHECK OUT ALL THE RESULTS & VIDEO REPLAYS FROM MELTON Other Melton winners were Little Lyn (by Jeremes Jet out of Rappa Scooter), a homebred mare raced and trained by Barry Dunn at Horsham and driven by son Aaron Dunn in the Service Sphere Pace, popular It Is Billy (by It Is I out of Glenlyon Glad) in the Crown Coffee International Golden Reign Free-for-All for trainer Michael Barby and driver Anne-Maree Conroy, Stoned I Am (by Sundon out of Stoned At Midnight) in the Seelite Windows and Doors Coulter Crown for trainer/driver Simone Walker, and in-form eight-year-old Might Be Luck (by Northern Luck out of Marilyns Might) in the Riddell Umpires Association Claiming Pace for trainer Beau Tindale and reinsman Michael Bellman. Victorians shine interstate Another week, another domination from the Emma Stewart stable – this time at Globe Derby, South Australia. The Smythes Creek trainer secured a winning treble on Saturday night at the SA home of metro trots racing, with unbeaten two-year-old filly Our Celebrity (by Mach Three out of Celebrity Ball) winning the Alabar/SA Botra 2YO Fillies Golden Nursery Final, impressive three-year-old Rocknroll Magic (by Rock N Roll Heaven out of All The Magic) taking out the Home Loans-Providing Solutions SA Botra 3YO Fillies Final, and Metro Mike (by Metropolitan out of Tuscan Skies) saluting in the Carbine Chemicals Pacers Dash over 1385m. CHECK OUT ALL THE RESULTS FROM GLOBE DERBY, SA All Stewart’s winners were driven by Mark Billinger, who picked up five winners for the night overall. Meanwhile, at Menangle in New South Wales, classy five-year-old trotting mare Claudys Princess (by Bacardi Lindy out of All Finesse) took out the Rio Meteor Race Sulky La Coocaracha (Group 3) with Darren Hancock in the cart for Kyabram trainer Mick Blackmore, and Golino-trained Pizza Queen (by Credit Winner out of Armbro Domino) won the Garrards Horse and Hound NSW Trotters Oaks for reinsman David Morris, upstaging race favourite High Gait in a thrilling finish. WATCH PIZZA QUEEN'S NSW TROTTERS OAKS SUCCESS Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)  

Former Kiwi mare Cyclone Kate is poised for the biggest win of her career in Saturday night’s $100,000 Group 1 Queen Of The Pacific (2760m) at Melton.  Trainer-driver John McCarthy insists the former Gareth Dixon-trained mare is primed and has a perfect draw in the pole.  “This is the biggest race she’s been in for me and I couldn’t be happier with her,” he said,  “She’s got so much gate speed and will lead. Unless something really wants to attack her, she’s going to be very hard to run down. “She likes to run along in front, so it will be a staying test.”  McCarthy is not worried about the long 2760m trip.  “She’s always been fast, but she’s strong now, too. She’s kept getting stronger,” he said.  “She runs the 2300m out realty strongly at Menangle so the trip doesn’t concern me.  “I love her. I think she’s a ripper mare. And I think she’ll be even better next season.”  Cyclone Kate is $3.50 equal favourite on the Aussie TAB with Nike Franco (gate four).  Then it’s out to $4.50 for champion mare Frith from the back row (gate 10).  Frith’s stablemate My Willow is also in the race from gate 12.  Luke McCarthy is expected to drive Frith ahead of My Willow.  John McCarthy also has Blazin N Cullen in the Golden Reign free-for-all.  “It’s a good race for him. He’s been running home well at Menangle without winning,” he said.  “The draw (inside back row, gate eight) makes it a bit tricky, but he is the class runner.”  On the same night, emerging star Hectorjayjay dominates betting for the Group 2 4&5YO Championship (2240m).  He’s won three of his four runs since joining David Aiken’s stable and being the lone back row runner suits his sit-sprint style of racing.  The main danger will be Bling It On (gate six), but co-trainer and driver Luke McCarthy thinks he might be a run or two away from peak fitness. Adam Hamilton

Steam Washed has long been near the top of the crop in the Australian harness racing mares’ scene and tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton was her night in the spotlight. The six-year-old from the Ruth and Noel Shinn stables produced an all-the-way win in the Pegasus Club Queen of the Pacific for reinsman son Chris Shinn. It was the second career Group 1 for the daughter of Washington VC / Laura Lace, who has now won 19 races and over $260,000 in stakes. She had run second in the Queen of the Pacific last year. “She was terrific,” Chris Shinn said post-race. “She’s been racing against the best colts, too. She’s been terrific.” Steam Washed stepped from the tapes like a consummate stand-start professional, spearing across from barrier seven to find the lead. But it was also this early move that meant she had to win the race on the track and then again in the stewards’ room, with Nathan Jack, the driver of second horse Berisari, protesting against the winner on the grounds the runner-up was hampered early. Stewards agreed with Jack that there was interference caused by Shinn aboard Steam Washed but Chairman of Stewards Shane Larkins said the stewards could not be satisfied the second horse would have won given the final margin (1.2m) and despite the interference the protest was dismissed. Steam Washed paced through a lead time of 87.6secs before splits of 28.3, 29.6 and 28.5. Turning for home the final time Berisari in the breeze was sticking on gamely and making it clear that if Steam Washed was to relent, she was ready to strike. But Shinn and his girl found plenty, Steam Washed digging in for the fight and holding her rival off with a 30.6secs final quarter to win by 1.2m at odds of $12.40. "I was holding my breath up the straight," said Ruth Shinn. "She did deserve it, she's bright as a button. She's terrific." Berisari was gutsy, losing no supporters whatsoever on the strength of her effort, the $2.30 shot holding off stablemate The Good Times by 0.7m with Majorly Foxy Styx fourth for Michael Stanley. The winner’s mile rate was 1:59.3. Race favourite Frith finished ninth.  by Cody Winnell

The Group 1 Pegasus Club Queen of the Pacific is a standing start marathon for harness racing mares over 2760 metres and will be the feature event on tomorrow night's card of metro harness racing at Tabcorp Park Melton. The mighty Frith is the early favourite but there has been strong support with fixed odds players for Emma Stewart's rising star Berisari to cause the upset. Meanwhile reigning champion Gumdrops has been specked at big odds. Can she go back to back? In the University Meat 4YO & 5YO Championship Lennytheshark is aiming to become only the third pacer after Tailamade Lombo and Smoken Up to win the Group 2 event at age 4 and then again at age 5. David Aiken has him primed to do it but he'll get fierce competition from the likes of Hectorjayjay and Chilli Palmer. There are also two Group 1 2YO Trot races in the finals of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic series on the program. In the colts and geldings division the favoured pair are Sundons Courage and Cruisin Around, while the fillies' race is wide-open with a host of live chances according to the market. Don't miss the Victorians racing in Sydney at Menangle tomorrow night in the NSW Trotters Derby and the La Coocaracha. And best of luck if you're having a punt! - Cody Winnell (Media Manager, HRV)   Harness Jewels barrier draws conducted   It's never quite the stuff of champagne until you've actually won the race, but Amanda Turnbull and her stable would have been chuffed with step one of their New Zealand Harness Jewels journey, receiving some good news out of the barrier draws. Just Cala, who will race as simply "Cala" in NZ, snared gate two for the 4YO Diamond event, while Turnbull's three-year-old Glenferrie Bronte will come out of gate four in the 3YO fillies Diamond. "I can't wait to get over there," Turnbull said. The news wasn't so good for the Andy and Kate Gath camp though, their talented gelding Burnaholeinmypocket to start from the widest draw on the front line, barrier nine, in his race. Despite the early setback though trainer Gath remained upbeat, saying the whole team was looking forward to the race day and was thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Australia at the prestigious event. Click here to read the full story     Weekend Trots Preview Berisari the mare most wanted by early punters Berisari has been backed with fixed odds markets to win the Pegasus Club Queen of the Pacific tomorrow night at Tabcorp Park Melton. Fans of Frith meanwhile will be rubbing their hands together as the champion mare's price drifts. Will she touch even money?  Click here to read the full story Fast Fact: Nathan Jack has driven 1456 career winners.  Angove chasing Group 1 double at Melton With only two horses in work at his Muckleford camp, trainer Chris Angove would achieve quite a remarkable feat if he were able to secure a Group 1 winning double at Tabcorp Park Melton tomorrow night. Click here to read the full story Fast Fact: Aerial Scott won the first Inter Dominion Trotting Championship in 1948 for driver Bob Young. The race was run over 16 furlongs (3200 metres).     Exotic Nights - $20,000 Quaddie Jackpot HRV and TAB's Melton Exotic Nights campaign rolls on tomorrow night at at Tabcorp Park Melton. For the month of May, place an exotics bet on any night meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton with your TAB Rewards card and you’ll score double TAB Rewards points. Additionally there will be $20,000 Vic TAB Quaddie Jackpots on every night meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton during May. So get trackside and have a crack, visit your local TAB outlet, bet via the TAB app or online at   Country Run of the Week Liculia drew barrier seven in the Just Me Patsy Pace at Shepparton on Tuesday and was given not much chance, according to the punters, the four-year-old mare starting at huge odds of $25.10. Allowed to drift back to the rear early by reinsman Greg Sugars, Liculia sat patiently until the gaps opened in the home straight before launching into the sprint lane and finishing powerfully to upstage runner-up Game We Play and third placegetter Last Issue. The victory kept trainer Ross Sugars' strong run of form going and earned the mare a Country Run of the Week title. 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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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