Goulburn Fillies lining up for the Breeders Challenge
With the onset of autumn, the attention of harness racing fans and participants turns to the rich Breeders Challenge Series. With heats conducted throughout NSW, Goulburn District horses are starting to stake their claims.
At Bathurst last Wednesday evening the David Hewitt stable were first to strike when the Crookwell owned Modern Dancer proved far too strong in a heat of the 2yo fillies series.
Having only her 6th start, the Modern Art filly started the $3.40 favourite following her impressive first up run at Young the week before. Driven with confidence by David Hewitt, the filly charged forward at the start to take up the running where she led the field a merry dance.
At the finish she had a length to spare from the Mark Hewitt trained and driven Chloes Venture with Laaganoosh in third spot. The brown filly has now booked a spot in the $25,000 semifinals which will be held at Tabcorp Park Menangle on the 9th of June.
The win by Modern Dancer was quickly followed at Bankstown on Friday evening where the Graham Cooper trained Bylonga Art also led throughout to score narrowly in a heat of the 3yo fillies series. Cooper, who is based at Bungonia, bred and trains the 3yo filly who is by world leading sire Artsplace out of his former top class racemare Bylong Belle.
Driven by Glen McElhinney, Bylonga Art was sent forward from the start where she took up the running from Cherry Blossom Dancer, and in a daring ‘catch if you can’ style, Bylonga Art raced clear by 3 lengths in the first lap of the race.
During the middle sections driver McElhinney settled the filly before once again striding clear as they left the winning post and bell behind. Establishing a 2 length break along the back straight the filly was still well clear on entering the home straight, and though tiring noticeably held on by a half head to score from the fast finishing Cherry Blossom Dancer.
Bylonga Art is now qualified to start in the 3yo fillies semifinals which are scheduled for Saturday night the 16th June.
IN OTHER HARNESS NEWS
The David Hewitt trained Ark Alencon had a welcomed return to the winners stall when successful at Tabcorp Menangle last Tuesday evening. Driven by Scott Hewitt, the 7yo gelding enjoyed a cosy run behind the leader Fifteen Four until the top of the straight where he pushed out and surged to the lead. Driven with confidence, Ark Alencon held on strongly to win impressively from the fast finishing Im Fulla Luck and Cosimo Bromac.
The overall time for the flying mile was 1:54.6 and the win was the 4th of the season bringing his life time record to 22 wins for over $104,000 in prizemoney.