There's not much of her but she her harness racing driver Dexter Dunn doesn't care about how big or small she is. He's just delighted Onlyforyou knows how to pace. And the Art Major filly proved she iscurrently the best female 2-year-old going around in New Zealand at present after winning the Group One $170,000 Sires Stakes Fillies Championship at Alexandra Park tonight (Friday May 4).
Onlyforyou copped the horrible 10 draw in the 1700m mobile but it was again Dunn's genius in the bike which saw her in the one-one with a lap to go.
Then in the straight she pounced for a powerful three quarter length and nose victory over Opulent (David Butt) and Dixey Styx (Peter Ferguson).
Onlyforyou stopped the clock in 2:03.75 (mile rate: 1:57.1) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 58 and 28.7 seconds respectively.
"WE got a run into the race at just the righttime," Dunn said of the Cran Dalgety trained filly.
"She's not that big but she is very powerful. She hasn't had much luck and deserved this tonight," he added.
Onlyforyou has now won two of her eight starts and placed in five others and just under $150,000 in stakes.
It was her second win on the track and over the distance.
She is owned by Tenarewho Syndicate, A J W Henderson, Southern Men Syndicate, D A G Murray, Mrs B H Murray and was bred by C H Barlow, and Mrs T J Barlow.
2-YEAR-OLDS WIN FIVE RACES ON PROGRAMME:
Two-year-olds won five of the 14 races on offer tonight.
Mark Purdon, who drove five winners on the card, also steered his two 2-year-olds to victory in races two and three respectively.
The Purdon and Grant Payne trained Saratoga won his second race in four starts in the $7000 2yo Trot.
The Muscles Yankee gelding trotted the 1700m mobile in 2:08.7 with a 2:01.8 mile rate.
Meanwhile Border Control was also successful for Purdon a race later (race three) in the 2yo and older 1-2 win pace.
The Bettor's Delight gelding won the 2200m mobile in 2:45.9 - mile rate: 2:01.3. It was also his second win in four starts.
A race later the Barry Purdon trained and Zac Butcher driven Maheer Melody won the 2yo Fillies Silver Pace.
The daughter of Bettor's Delight just got up winning in 2:07.4 - mile rate: 2:00.5. The race was a 1700m mobile. It was Maheer Melody's first win in four Alexandra Park starts.
And the Ken Barron trained and Peter Ferguson driven Rule Like A King won race five - a 2yo and older maiden in 2:46.9 - mile rate: 2:02. The race was a 2200m mobile.
It was the son of Mach Three's second win in four starts.
By Duane RANGER (editor) at Alexandra Park
ALEXANDRA PARK HIGHLIGHTS:
Top Driver: Mark Purdon 5 wins.
Top Trainer: Mark Purdon and Grant Payne 4 wins.
Top Sire: Mach Three and Bettor's Delight 3 wins each.
Top Junior Driver: Zac Butcher 2 wins.
Results from the Auckland Trotting Club's Rowe Cup meeting raced at the Alexandra Park this evening (Friday - May 4, 2012) were:
Race 1: The Mike Berger trained BUSY BEING FABULOUS (McArdle) Philip Butcher.
Race 2: The Mark Purdon and Grant Payne tra