KEEP It Danish recorded her sixth win from 17 starts in winning Saturday’s $14,000 2014 Yasloc Poll Dorsets Glen Innes Cup (1400m) by a half length from Sambora, the two Tamworth runners coming away from the Cup field in the final 200m.
Sambora, trained by Karen Fox, led much of the journey before the Sue Grills-trained mare closed sharply for a good win.
Playa, ridden by Darren Jones for Moree trainer Nathan Sinclair, was a further length away in third spot with Inverell-trained Bombproof fourth.
Well-supported runners, Twin Zero and Inverell Cup winner Wolfgangs Boy, finished out of the placings.
Grills was delighted with the win.
“She’s been good but really played up last start (when last at Tamworth on January 3),” she said.
“But that was a really hot day and it was much cooler today.”
Sambora took an early lead and set a solid pace and was two lengths in front approaching the turn while the winner jumped well to take a good position midfield.
At the 600 metre mark, jockey Raymond Spokes allowed Keep It Danish to move forward and by the 250 metres had Keep It Danish outside the leader ready to pounce.
“Our horse took up a good position for her,” Grills said.
“Raymond rode her well and she got to the line a little stronger than the other horse, but he went out hard,” Grills said.
Spokes had won last year’s Cup on record-breaking Seen Im and returned to partner Keep It Danish for Grills.
“Everything went to plan and I was pretty confident at the 600,” Spokes beamed.
Keep It Danish ran the 1400m in 1min 21.86secs, just outside the race record set by Seen Im last year.
Glen Innes’s mild temperature provided great conditions for the large crowd that flocked to the annual event.
Race sponsor Andrew Say, of Yasloc Poll Dorsets, was extremely happy with the day and called on Racing NSW and the TAB to recognise Glen Innes with more race
“It’s important that they see the importance of these days for the community of Glen Innes. It’s not just about racing,” he said during the presentation of trophies.