Above average sophomore pacing filly Raksdeal will now be turned out for a brief spell after outclassing her rivals in the Panspacificflight@Macca Lodge Pace at Ascot Park yesterday.
''It was always the intention to freshen her after early season racing which has now qualified her for the Southland Oaks later on,'' trainer-driver Clark Barron said.
Barron said the filly who finished second at the Wairio Mile Day and fourth in a Sires Stakes heat at Forbury Park, ''felt much sharper'' in outclassing the opposition yesterday.
''She has always mixed it with the best of her age and sex and was a creditable sixth in the Harness Jewels last season,'' Barron said. ''She is definitely very tough and has also developed speed to add to her stamina with another year on her.''
With two wins and five placings, some notable ones in top company from 12 starts, Raksdeal impressed breeder and owner Brendan Fahy as arguably the best filly he had been associated with.
The Rakahouka farmer said his filly was likely to resume racing in the Breckon Memorial Caduceus feature at Alexandra Park in Auckland on December 6.
Fahy won the 1990 juvenile Sires' Stakes final at the Auckland track with the Alex Milne jun-trained Stands To Reason.
Almost incredibly, Raksdeal wears an exceptionally long 62.5 inch hopple, often the sign of a genuine stayer. Champion racemare of yesteryear Robin Dundee (Miracle Mile) also wore hopples of the same length for the late Jack Walsh of Gore.
Lorneville trainer Tony Stratford dominated early racing yesterday with the card's first two winners Royal Squeeze (Nathan Williamson) and Sonova Gun (Dexter Dunn.
Posting her second win for Longbush owners John and Jill Duff, who outlaid $18,000 for her as a yearling at Karaka, the Monarchy mare qualified at two and was successful at three.
''She made a mistake in the Trotting Oaks at Addington at three and was unlucky at the Wairio Mile Day,'' Stratford said. The Wyndham meeting now beckons her.
''She is still on the way up and will get better as she matures and strengthens,'' Stratford said. His other winner Sonova Gun will also race next on one of the two Wyndham days.
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