De Lovely Wins Australian Oaks and Other Pacing Results

De Lovely Wins Australian Oaks and Other Pacing Results

De Lovely further cemented her status as one of the premier three-year-olds in the pacing world as she grabbed first place at the 2010 Nevele R Stud Australian Oaks at Tabcorp Park on Friday.

De Lovely ($1.70) was the race favourite and she certainly didn’t disappoint as she became one of only three horses to win the New Zealand-Australian Oaks double. The win also marks her third in four Group 1 starts. The DJ Butcher-driven filly was two back, catching a ride off Rocknrolla. Even when the leading horse got one off at the pegs at 900m, De Lovely surged forward, closing in on race leader Torque In Motion. Butcher was able to drive the determined filly into the lead in a thrilling final 27.5 seconds to take the win. Torque In Motion finished second with a 4.3 margin. Miss Trickin Lombo ($44.00) surprised a few onlookers with a convincing third place finish.

The race winner will now return to her native New Zealand in hopes of qualifying for the August 13 semi finals of the Tabcorp Australasian Breeders Crown in Friday night’s heat in Auckland.

2010 Nevele R Stud Australian Oaks Pacing Results:

Place

Horse

Prize Money

Row & Br

Trainer

Driver

Margin

1
De Lovely NZ
$50,625 Sr2 GC Small DJ Butcher
2
Torque In Motion
$11,250 Fr7 VL Rasmussen SR Graham 4.30
3
Miss Trickin Lombo
$7,500 Sr4 JE Davies CA Alford 16.70
4
Sassy Street
$3,750 Fr6 PH Rixon CE Rixon 22.00
5
Revivalist
$1,875 Fr5 RJ O’Connell SW Dryer 23.30
6
Ninna Jasper
Fr1 PG Manning KE Manning 26.20
7
Morgan Abby
Fr4 WR Potter JN Quinlan 35.20
8
Glenferrie Inn
Fr3 CT Demmler CT Demmler 37.80
9
Mes Cullen NZ
Fr2 VA Vallelonga DR Wilson 49.70
10
Rocknrolla
Sr5 EJ Stewart NR Jack 53.60
11
Bebop
Sr3 KP Cotchin GR Sugars 57.40
12
Millwood Meg NZ
Sr1 GFJ Bond JJ Caldow 101.50

Adding to the list of harness racing winners over the weekend was Mr Feelgood, who took a big win at Albion Park in the 2010 Sunshine Sprint.

While the Group 2 race didn’t produce a new record holder, it didn’t disappoint onlookers as it came down to a four way race between the favoured Mr Feelgood, Tip Your Hat in the lead, Be Good Johnny sitting just behind, and Washakie in the one by one in the wash up.

At the 300m, Mr Feelgood began making a move, first getting the best of Tip Your Hat. With Washakie not taking advantage of a run opportunity, and Be Good Johnny and Fox Valley Appeal searching for peg runs, Mr Feelgood dominated the field, crossing the finish line with a 2.50m over second place finisher Tip Your Hat.

The LA McCarthy-trained winner will be back at Albion Park competing for a chance to win the $100,000 Group 1 SEW Eurodrive Winter Cup. Be sure you put down all your bets on this upcoming Group 1 race at bookmaker.com.au as this online sportsbook is offering the best possible harness racing odds, and all new members can pick up a $100 free bet just for signing up.

2010 Sunshine Sprint Pacing Results:

Place

Horse

Prize Money

Row & Br

Trainer

Driver

Margin

1
Mr Feelgood USA
$36,000 Fr5 LA McCarthy LA McCarthy
2
Tip Your Hat
$12,000 Fr2 CEM Martin RN Martin 2.50
3
Be Good Johnny
$6,000 Fr1 JP McCarthy SR Graham 4.30
4
Fox Valley Appeal USA
$2,400 Sr1 DL Smith MP Neilson 4.40
5
Washakie NZ
$600 Sr2 JP McCarthy MP McCarthy 4.40
6
Be Diligent
$600 Fr3 CEM Martin LJ Weidemann 7.10
7
Rockets Reject
$600 Sr4 IC Wilson JN Douglass 8.60
8
Smarty Jones
$600 Sr3 GM Bond GM Bond 8.80
9
Destreos NZ
$600 Fr6 KL Rattray DW Graham 13.20
10
Rohan Home
$600 Fr4 PRJ Fitzpatrick GJ Fitzpatrick 14.90