Brave ride bags win for Irithea

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - MATT JONES

A BOLD front-run­ning ride by ap­pren­tice Jean Van Over­meire helped se­cure Irithea a win from a fast-fin­ish­ing Smart­edge at Rose­hill yes­ter­day.

Van Over­meire was off and gone on the Bjorn Bak­er­trained mare ap­proach­ing the turn and, as she straight­ened up, she was four lengths in front and held that mar­gin un­til the 200m when Smart­edge started to gain ground.

She held on to win in a photo, but Van Over­meire said she didn’t fall in to win like it might have looked.

“I don’t think she was get­ting tired. I just think she was wait­ing for com­pany to come and chal­lenge her. If that did hap­pen ear­lier, I think she would’ve kicked into an­other gear and went on with it,” he said.

“My opin­ion is that she’s a bet­ter chaser than a fron­trun­ning horse.”

Baker wants to send the Snitzel mare to the Group 3 Belle Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Gos­ford on De­cem­ber 28.

“It was a great ride and she’s been a bit of a rev­e­la­tion this sea­son. Syd­ney rac­ing is al­ways con­ducive to be­ing on speed, so you’ve got to have tac­ti­cal speed,” Baker said.

“Our plan was to try and bust them up early, make it a true race and hope class pre­vailed, which it did. She’s al­ways up there and is so tough and that’s how he rode her.

“She’s able to roll along and get go­ing and, with 200m to go, she had a big break and she’s not the sort of horse that stops, she just keeps go­ing, so I thought we were in with a big chance then.”

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