DR SUSAN EASILY WINS BRACELET HEAT AT ‘WINX ODDS’
By Jeff Scott
With NZ racing banned for at least a month, Kentuckiana Lodge senior trainer is a man on a Bathurst mission with smart 3YO filly, Dr Susan, chasing down a $100,000 win in Saturday’s Gold Bracelet Final.
Dr Susan was untroubled to win Monday’s heat at “Winx odds” of $1.04, leading virtually throughout in the hands of former Kentuckiana Lodge junior driver, Jack Trainor, and has firmed in favour for the Final, after drawing barrier two, but likely to start from one, with an emergency initially given the one draw.
Big race driver Anthony Butt returns to handle the Bettor’s Delight-Safedra filly for the Final.
Jack Trainor fillied the breach with aplomb on Monday, being able to button off the speed mid stages, then clicking Dr Susan up over her final 400m in 27.3s, winning by 13.1 metres.
She ran the 2260m in 2:48.8 (2:00.2 mile rate), pacing her last 800m in 55.6s, winning easily from late closing Tingiringi (three back) and trailer, Mustang Milly.
“Susan raced well in a slow overall time, but ripped into it over her last 600m,” Cran said.
Vincenzina, the Ross Adams-trained daughter of Betterthancheddar co-owed by former NZ horseman Richard Brosnan, was the fastest of the Bracelet winners, rating 1:58.3, when outfinishing front-running second favourite, Michelle Lee Mac.
However, the leaders only clocked 57s for their final 800m in this heat.
Vincenzina had previously run on well for second to Dr Susan in the Group Two Raith Memorial at Menangle, won in 1:52.1 (1609m) on January 11.
She missed out on a NSW Oaks Final berth by a spot when making ground late for fourth to Maajida in their Oaks Heat last month.
The other Bracelet Heat winner was the Emma Stewart-trained Amelia Rose (by Art Major), who settled back from the inside of the second row and stormed home to beat Delightful Angel in a 2:00.1 rate, the leaders last 800m in 56.9s.