Day At The Track

Dune In Red impressive in debut

01:40 AM 07 Jun 2012 NZST
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Dune In Red and Mike Oosting romp to a
Dune In Red and Mike Oosting romp to a - 5-¼ length national season's best time of 1:55.2.

Balmoral harness racing fans got a sneak peek at some of this year's two-year-old filly pacing crop here in the Prairie State on Wednesday night (June 6) as a field of eight youngsters went postward in the $6,000 Egyptian Grande Stake.

Fresh off an impressive win in the second of two qualifying efforts the Mike Einhaus owned Dune In Red posted an impressive 5 ¼ length romp in a national seasons best of 1:55.2 with Mike Oosting at the controls.

Hustled away from post position seven the chestnut daughter of Duneside Perch-She Has The Look landed in third as Special Rose (John Roberts) led the field through an opening quarter in 29.2.

Looking like a seasoned veteran, Oosting then maneuvered his filly to the outside where she quickly shot to the top leading the field through middle splits of 59.1 & 1:28.1 while beginning to put distance between herself the rest of the field.

With nothing but open ground in front of her Dune In Red then flew home in a strong 27.1 to seal the deal on an eye-catching debut. Incredible Filly (Dave Magee) turned a ground saving trip into a second place check while Special Rose finished third.

From the first crop of Duneside Perch the Robert Einhaus trained miss was a $7,700 yearling purchase and judging by her effort on Wednesday night that price looks like it may have been quite a bargain!

by Tom KELLEY

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