Mare gets perfect ‘tow’ before driving to the line

OH AY BEE came home down the outside of the Tamworth Race Course to beat the favourites in the Yellowglen F&M Handicap 1200m on Friday.

It is only the four-year-old  bay mares second win in 16 starts, although it was a near perfect run.

Jockey Meg Hoey took the mare to the front out of the barrier and sat behind pacesetter Our Jillian who was going out fast.

“It was great, I was just sitting one off from the start,” Hoey said.

“We got a beautiful little tow in.”

Still in second place at the top of the straight, the apprentice took the mare wide on the dead track and hit the straps.

She led all the way from the top of the straight although 50m out from the line the pack started to catch up.

The Jeff Engelbrecht- trained Determined Lass was flying home down the inside but just didn’t have enough track.

“She turned it on well at the top,” Moey said.

“Although she lugged out on me a bit at the end.”

The jockey managed to keep her running straight to beat Determined Lass by just over a length.

The Grant Prosser trained Zerenity Now also finished fast to run into third.

Hoey also does the track work.

“She is a funny horse and hasn’t been training too well, then comes out and has a good run,” Hoey said.

Trainer Luke Griffith out of Scone said the horse had been a little bit flat lately.

“I was going to put her to paddock for a while and give her a spell,” Griffith said.

“I am not sure what to do now after that.”

“I might give her another run somewhere.”

The horse broke her maiden in Dubbo in April last year over 1000m, and has since run a second and a third, among some other good results.

“She has drawn some bad gates and hasn’t had the best luck,” Griffith said.

“But you just never know with her.”

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