Flashy Doll (Jarrad Noske) lived up to her name with a withering finishing run that decimated the opposition in the Blue Heeler Handicap (1200m).
In Faith and Sir Hallowell trailed in her wake.
Noske is no stranger to winning at long odds and after winning the Perth Cup at 50/1 on Talent Show the young jockey was again the bookmakers friend yesterday with Flashy Doll ($39.70).
Trainer Justine Erkelens wasn’t thinking so much of victory with the chestnut mare as to ensuring that she didn’t bleed again.
The chestnut mare has not started since bleeding from both nostrils on August 11 last year-and she was resuming on that occasion too.
“I didn’t want to push her too much but she has been working well and is a nice mare to train,” Erkelens said.
It could be argued that the mare was not pushed at all. In decimating the opposition, after being sixth on the home turn, Flashy Doll has now won five times from 19 starts with six places.
Hard Ball Get, the pre-post favourite, and a winner of three of his four races was scratched after being sold to Hong Kong connections for $550,000. He was a $62,000 purchase and had won his connections $163,350 in prize and $55,000 in Westspeed bonuses.
The horse had been considered as one of the fancied runners in the Magic Millions race, for three year olds, on February 16.
Simon Miller had a roller coaster of a day with Portonian going lame earlier in the day and then losing Hard Ball Get. However, the in-form Roman Knows completed a hat trick of wins for the Ascot trainer, after taking out the Kingy Classic Handicap (1400m) by three quarters of a length.
Jockey Pat Carbery had the winner handily place throughout and despite Miller being worried about his bete noire, Kalahaar, that galloper was six wide on the turn, towards the rear. He ultimately finished third, well held by runner up Born to Excel.
DOUBLE ACT: Brothers Brad and Steven Parnham both completed a successful day in the saddle.
The former was successful on Brocky’s Deal and Barnsley Lad while Steven Parnham was successful on Pin Rouge with that galloper now a winner of his last thee races.
The Kristy Casey gelding will be set for Bunbury Stakes in March.
Barnsley Lad’s future will be as a stayer. Trainer Stephen Rowe intends to step the 1600m winner up in distance and the galloper has already won, in the past, over 1800m.