Inverell Jockey Club: Victory Lass scores special win in Don Bartlett Memorial Bush Battlers Cup

Victory Lass just clung on to claim the Don Bartlett Memorial Bush Battlers Cup on Monday and owner Lee Mitchell thinks the mare had a little outside help in the latter stages of the race.

“Donny must have been looking down on us, I think, pushing her home,” Mitchell said after the victory.

The race is named in memory of former Inverell Jockey Club president Don Bartlett who was a close friend of Mitchell’s.

“It couldn’t have been any more special,” Mitchell said of Victory Lass’ win.

“The Bush Battlers Cup was in memory of a really good friend of ours. He’d be very proud of it.

“And to think a local person won his race, he’d be even happier, I think.”

Victory Lass is trained by Mitchell’s nephew Todd Payne who had the mare just right for the 1400-metre race.

“He’s done a wonderful job as a trainer. I’m very proud of him,” Mitchell said of Payne.

The six-year-old led the whole race and looked home down the straight before Clipaholic mounted a charge.

“I was just hoping and praying,” Mitchell said of the final stages of the race.

“When it was coming down the straight, I thought “we’ve got this’ because it loves to lead.

“Then I saw this grey one coming down the side I thought ‘oh no, we’re going to get pipped on the post’.”

However, Victory Lass clung on to win by 0.2 lengths over the fast-finishing Clipaholic trained by Bill Perrett.

Two and a half lengths back in third was Warwick Avenue.

The win was Victory Lass’ second in a week after winning on Boxing Day at Inverell.

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