Day At The Track

APGTV recaps Soho Nolita's historic win

11:25 PM 01 May 2018 NZST
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Soho Nolita's win in the $350,000 Ladbrokes APG 2yo Fillies Final establishes her as the hottest property in Australasian harness racing
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Soho Nolita’s dominant win in last Saturday’s $350,000 Ladbrokes APG 2yo Fillies Final in 1:53 set a new race record and established Soho Nolita as the hottest property in Australasian harness racing.

A half-sister to millionaire superstar, Soho Tribeca, and this season’s Group One Ladyship Mile winner, Carlas Pixel, Soho Nolita has now stamped herself as both Australia’s leading two-year old filly and also as Australia’s most valuable future breeding prospect.

Amazingly, Soho Nolita’s outstanding win in the $350,000 Ladbrokes APG Fillies Final may well not have happened under the previous series rules, which revolved around a heats & semi-finals format. 

A rare off-night in the first-round heats saw Soho Nolita finish in fourth place, which would not have been enough to automatically qualify her for the semi-finals under the old format.

However, this year’s format saw only the seven heat winners automatically advance to the final, with non-winners offered the opportunity to compete in repechages (one each in Victoria, NSW and Queensland) with the best placed repechage runners joining the heat winners in the final.

Fortunately, Soho Nolita made up for her sub-par performance in her heat, blitzing the field in her repechage, before stamping her class in the final, working three wide during a sizzling first half in 55.6 seconds, but still having the strength to hold off challenges from Miss Halfpenny and Delightful Jazz, to score by 4.7 metres in a race record 1:53.

APG would like to extend its congratulations to long time APG owner, vendor and buyer Rob Watson, and to trainer, Mick Stanley, who also trained the fourth placed filly, Single Tree Road.

APGTV was on hand to capture the excitement of the night.  A highlights package of the final, and a wrap of the night is already available on the APG website by clicking here, with other clips profiling many of the other runners to be added over the next 24 hours.

 

David Boydell
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