Agostino Fi­nal Tay­lors-made for Bernie

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - PAUL MICALLEF

THE Car­ni­val of Cups moves to Cowra to­day for a huge Mother’s Day meet­ing.

While the fea­ture event is the $12,000 Cowra Cup the most ex­cit­ing race looks to be the $10,000 Sam Agostino Fi­nal.

There were four keenly con­tested heats at a non TAB meet­ing last week and all the win­ners have a strong chance of tak­ing out the race, re­stricted to C0 - C1 pac­ers.

Smooth Sailor and Ima Beauty led for com­fort­able vic­to­ries, Brad­ness Elde­fuego scored a big win af­ter rac­ing wide fi­nal lap and Moon Over Man­hat­tan raced three-wide with a trail to qual­ify.

All four are very smart types for their grade, how­ever, it was the de­feat of Tay­lors Rea­son that stamped her as the pick for the fi­nal.

This 3yo filly from the Bernie He­witt sta­ble was re­spon­si­ble for a “Pure Steel” per­for­mance to fin­ish a close sec­ond to Moon Over Man­hat­tan.

Tay­lors Rea­son en­dured a tor­rid run parked three-wide out­side the lead­ers be­fore fi­nally cross­ing with 600m re­main­ing.

From that point she showed tremen­dous courage to lead un­til the last few strides with the win­ner fol­low­ing her all the way.

Her back row draw in the fi­nal could prove to be a bless­ing with the four heat win­ners all start­ing from the front and likely to bat­tle for the lead.

Once they set­tle He­witt can pick his time to launch with the daugh­ter of NSW Derby win­ner For A Rea­son.

The big­gest dan­ger will be the im­prov­ing 3yo Brad­ness Elde­fuego who scored with plenty of author­ity and is get­ting bet­ter with each run.

This big, long strid­ing pacer has loads of po­ten­tial and is from the yard of Steve Turn­bull, who will also play a big hand in the Cowra Cup with Power Of Red.

Power Of Red is best when able to dic­tate in front and from bar­rier one to­day he gets that op­por­tu­nity to bounce back into the win­ners‘ cir­cle.

The 4yo raced through the grades with five straight wins, many of them from the van­guard po­si­tion, but has been win­less in six starts since.

That can be put down to his bad draws and strong op­po­si­tion as his ef­forts from be­hind have been solid.

At his last out­ing he chased a qual­ity horse home in The Golden Cross in 1:57.4 for 2125m around Pen­rith.

There was plenty of merit in that per­for­mance as he worked early to be parked midrace out­side the leader and win­ner.

Two heats of the Club Me­nan­gle Coun­try se­ries will also be staged with A Life Un­der Fire set to score an all-the-way win in the C3-C4 class while Peg­gyville should go very close in the C1 class.

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