Bou Chard thrills in su­per se­ries

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY TONY LO­GAN

Hor­sham-owned and trained four-year-old pacer Bou Chard gave her con­nec­tions a huge thill at Bal­larat on Fri­day night when vic­to­ri­ous in a heat of the Vicbred Su­per Se­ries.

When driver Chris Alford took de­fend­ing Vicbred cham­pion Rock­n­roll Magic to the lead early in the 2200-me­tre con­test, Bou Chard and driver Michael Bell­man were forced to do the bul­lock­ing work with­out cover in their quest to qual­ify for a spot in the semi-fi­nals.

Bell­man upped the ante with 500 me­tres to travel and the lead­ing pair drew clear of the rest in a ding-dong bat­tle for supremacy.

The third quar­ter was run in a blis­ter­ing 27.3 sec­onds and turning for home it was a mat­ter of which mare would be first to sur­ren­der.

Half way down the straight it was Bou Chard still stand­ing and Rock­n­roll Magic un­der se­vere pres­sure. Alford re­alised his mare was done and dropped the reins for an­other day with Bou Chard draw­ing away in the shad­ows of the post to score by six me­tres in a rate of 1:58.8.

Her breeder Robin Con­nelly races the mare in part­ner­ship with trainer Rod Car­berry.

She has gone from strength to strength over the past 12 months, be­gin­ning with a vic­tory at the bolters odds of 40-1 on her home track in June last year.

She went on to make the semi-fi­nals of the three-yearold Vicbred Se­ries and then took out a listed clas­sic, the $25,000 Sil­ver Pace at Mel­ton in July.

Af­ter a spell Car­berry bought the then four-year-old back for a short cam­paign in early Jan­uary 2017 with her six starts, yield­ing three wins and three thirds.

Bou Chard en­joyed an­other short break in prepa­ra­tion for the cur­rent Vicbred se­ries then re­turned with a handy first-up sec­ond plac­ing at Hor­sham on May 31 be­fore salut­ing at Stawell a week later.

Bou Chard’s ca­reer record now stands at 21 starts for seven wins, six mi­nor plac­ings and stakes of $49,680.

Bar­ing ac­ci­dent and in­jury she has the abil­ity to reach even greater heights.

The Car­berry-con­nelly team has fin­gers firmly crossed for no bad luck in run­ning, along with favourable bar­rier draws dur­ing the next cou­ple of weeks.

All go­ing well, Bou Chard will con­test a semi-fi­nal at Mel­ton on Fri­day night and hope­fully, the pres­ti­gious $120,000 fi­nal on Satur­day, July 8. Go Bou!

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