Brunelleschi (Tennotrump/Box Brownie) a $4,000 purchase trained and driven by Amy Tubbs for mother Kate, was eased at the start from gate three, settling closer to last than first before circling the field racing for the bell to park outside the hot favourite Shes An Image.
Taking a slender lead on the final bend, Brunelleschi defied all challengers on straightening to score a meritorious victory in advance of the much improved El Paco and Waikare Patricia in a mile rate of 2-02.3.
Bellas Delight (Bettors Delight/Bella Aurora) bred and raced by Melton resident Rob Auber and partners, driven by local reinsman Greg Sugars and trained at Bolinda by Kari & Paul Males, drew awkwardly in gate four on the second line and as expected, settled well back in the field.
Sent forward four wide racing for the bell to park outside the pacemaker Lively Moth, Bellas Delight took a narrow lead approaching the home turn with the South Australian Repelem (three wide last lap) in hot pursuit, joining her on turning.
Showing a “never say die” attitude in the straight, Bellas Delight fought on like a caged lion to score from Repelem which ran the race of her life, with Shakchloe (three back the markers) third. The mile rate 1-57.8.
Evergreen 12-Y-0 Albert Albert/Byatross gelding Mister Douglas chalked up his 29th victory when making his 210th race appearance, to land the SEW-Eurodrive Claiming Pace over 1720 metres, much to the delight of Melton based part-owner/trainer Joanne Justice and reinsman brother John.
Starting from the extreme draw, Mister Douglas’ chances looked forlorn at the bell when last in the three wide line, however when taken five and six wide running into the final bend, motored home at 100 miles an hour to score running away in advance of Heathbern Diamond off a three wide trail on the back of the third placegetter Karlsruhe.