Morgan Abby Wins Gold Chalice

Morgan Abby Wins Gold Chalice

It was a massive night of racing last Friday at Tabcorp Park Melton, with a number of elite trotting and pacing events taking place in the course’s first meeting of 2010. Aside from the headline race of the night, the $50 000 V L Dullard Trotting Cup won by Don King, there were also three feature pacing events including the $25 000 Harness Breeders VIC Gold Chalice.

The Wayne Potter-trained Morgan Abby ($8.60) claimed victory in the Gold Chalice by the smallest of margins in her debut race as a three-year-old, finishing just a short-half-head in front of Stunin Girl ($5.50), with a gallant I’m A Happy Girl ($10.30) just a half-head back in third.

The Aces N Sevens filly clocked a sensational mile rate of 1:59.9 securing her third victory from four starts this season brining her career record to a total of five wins from 13 starts for over $70 000 in prizemoney.

Friday night’s win was a determined and impressive one, as Morgan Abby overcame her wide front-row start and early run towards the back of the pack to take the lead on the straight and hold on ahead of her fellow female rivals.

It was a disappointing finish for the $2.40 favourite, Lady Belladonna only managing to finishing fifth behind fourth placegetter Peaces Of You.

2010 Harness Breeders VIC Gold Chalice Results:

Placing

Horse

Prizemoney

Row & Barrier

Trainer

Driver

Margin (m)

1
MORGAN ABBY
$16 875 Fr6 W R Potter J N Quinlan
2
STUNIN GIRL
$3 750 Fr5 S M Hunter G Lang SHFHD
3
IM A HAPPY GIRL
$2 500 Fr7 D A Kennedy J J Alchin HFHD
4
PEACES OF YOU
$1 250 Fr2 D G Crone K E Manning 1.70
5
LADY BELLADONNA
$625 Sr3 S B Gilligan N A McCalum 3.00
6
DEFINITE GIRL
Fr1 L Miles L Miles 4.00
7
HILTON BROMAC
Fr4 G A O’Connell N L Milne 4.10
8
MISS TRICKIN LOMBO
Fr3 J E Davies C A Alford 4.80
9
LEFT IN PARIS
Sr2 D Thackeray A E Tubbs 5.00
10
LANDSCAPEARTIST
Sr1 K L Wright M I Stanley 9.40