Bar No Miss a happy 'outsider' at Armidale

BAR NO MISS took full advantage of the outside box and blitzed the field to win the Armidale Independent Stake on Saturday.

The win by over six  lengths was only her second in 14 starts.

The Dale Tolmie-trained three-year-old broke her maiden late last year in a 340m Maiden Final in Tamworth.

“He has had no luck lately but I have high hopes for her,” Tolmie said.

“The rest of the litter have all won races in Melbourne so he is from good stock.”

Bar No Miss beat Wingham trainer Joanne Willis’s Good Segirl out of box 4, followed by Ranald Dawes’ Bella Mulwee out of five.

Tolmie said  having the outside box was a nice change, although he attributed the win to a change in training.

“I used to gallop him a couple of times a week,” Tolmie said. “Lately I have only been doing it once a week about three days before the race.”

The rest of the time, Bar No Miss trains on a walking machine.

The drop in intensity at training has paid off for Tolmie, with the black bitch beating her best time by over a second in the 21.43 second run.

“She was trialling fairly averagely so I shifted her training and lightened her up.”

“That was the best run and fastest time she has done by far.” 

Bar No Miss was leading last week in Gunnedah before getting knocked over and finishing in the back of the field.

“She loves that outside box and the extra room,” Tolmie said.

Bar No Miss will be back at the track next week trying her luck in the heats.

The Armidale Cup Carnival will run over three Saturdays with the finals on February 15.

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