Beauty Diva too quick

Waipa Post - - The Country -

Speedy filly Beauty Diva proved too quick for her ju­ve­nile ri­vals in the open­ing event at Pukekohe.

The Clin­ton Is­dale trained two-year-old had im­pressed when win­ning a 620m trial at

Te Teko last month after blun­der­ing badly out of the bar­rier that day.

The Show­cas­ing filly dwelt at the start again at Pukekohe, but soon pow­ered along the in­ner to dis­pute the pace with the well fan­cied May­beashowoff and race favourite Jager Bombed, who was forced to race three­wide through­out.

Beauty Diva hugged the rail to es­tab­lish a break on her ri­vals early in the run home, which she clung to bravely, to hold out the fast fin­ish­ing run­nerup First Rock in a slick 44.61 sec­onds for the 800m dash.

“She was slow away in her trial but she fin­ished off strong and was a bit slow away again to­day,” Is­dale said.

“There’s plenty of up­side to her as the things she does on the track at home are just un­be­liev­able. We don’t gal­lop her hard but she’s al­ways had plenty on good horses that we’ve got.

“I’m just glad to get that out of the way so we can put her away now and hope­fully get her into the Karaka Mil­lion.”

Is­dale was quick to praise former Te Awa­mutu trainer Graeme San­ders who had pro­vided him with some sage ad­vice re­gard­ing his in­ten­tions with the filly. Iron­i­cally it is San­ders’ daugh­ter, Deb­bie Sweeney, who pre­pares run­ner-up First Rock.

“I’ve got to pay a big trib­ute to Graeme San­ders,” he said. “He told me to have her ready but to just wait. I was go­ing to go to Wan­ganui with her but held off for this race as I knew it qual­i­fied her (for the Karaka Mil­lion).

“I just had those words ring­ing in the back of my head, to be pa­tient with her, so I’d like to thank him for that piece of ad­vice.”

Beauty Diva is the grand­daugh­ter of Gr.3 Cen­taine Stakes (2000m) win­ner Ketchikau who was the dam of use­ful South Is­land sprinter Ketchiben. She was an $11,000 pur­chase from the Book 3 ses­sion at the 2018 Na­tional Year­ling Sale.

The $14,000 win­ning stake from Sun­day’s con­test has her well placed to qual­ify for the Karaka Mil­lion (1200m) that will be run at Eller­slie on Jan­uary 26.

Three-year-old Re­li­able Man geld­ing Hyp­nos got up to score on de­but in the Michael Ormsby/ Bernard Booth 3YO (1200m) at Waipuku­rau.

It was a sat­is­fy­ing win for his con­nec­tions.

The Roger James and Robert Well­wood-trained run­ner set­tled off the pace un­der jockey Ja­son Wad­dell be­fore mak­ing up a stack of ground in the home straight, clos­ing late to snatch vic­tory from Satu Lagi by a long neck.

“We have al­ways re­ally liked the horse,” Well­wood said.

“In his sec­ond trial he just did a lot of things wrong, he got right up on the bri­dle.

“He came here to­day and we would have been happy just see­ing him do the right thing and he has cer­tainly done that.

“Ron (Dixon, owner) has been a great sup­porter of the sta­ble, he has had some good horses and hope­fully this is the next one.

“I have just got off the phone with Roger and he said it has to be one of his most sat­is­fy­ing wins for a long time.”

Photo / Tr­ish Dunell

Beauty Diva with rider Lynsey Sather­ley and ex­cited con­nec­tions at Pukekohe.

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