ALTHOUGH she has only just returned from a spell, star filly Banglez is likely to be given another break.
Second-up since February when competing in Kilmore tonight, Banglez captured the Australasian Premier Trotting Sale Final after producing an exhilarating performance.
Thrilled with the three-year-old’s effort, trainer Emma Stewart explained she is planning to keep Banglez fresh ahead of several late season targets.
Along with her Vicbred Super Series title defence, Banglez will be primed for majors such as the Australasian Breeders’ Crown and Victoria Trotting Oaks.
“I haven’t set anything out for her beyond tonight’s race,” Stewart said. “I may even give her a little let up before we look at some of the other big races.
“Her run was huge tonight after a mistake, which she also made in her first start back, so hopefully we can sort that out before she races again.”
Galloping from barrier two, Banglez settled into her stride after losing a conservative 50 metres as Aldebaran Ursula worked to the lead from gate four.
With the field travelling in ‘Indian file’ Banglez was able to regain touch with the pack, albeit five-back along the pegs and 25 metres from the front runner.
Taken three-wide into the ‘death seat’ at the bell, Banglez matched strides with Aldebaran Ursula around the last bend as the pair broke clear of their rivals.
Reaching the front in the shadows of the post, the daughter of Majestic Son scored by a neck from Aldebaran Ursula, with Queen Invasion 17-and-a-half metres away third.
Rating 2:01.9 over 2180 metres, Banglez took her record to three wins and three placings from 10 starts for earnings of $94,940.
“After she broke I thought ‘not again’, but she just outdid herself with that run,” Stewart said.
“Losing 40 or 50 metres at the start, into the breeze and still winning, runs don’t come much bigger than that in a Group One!”
– Paul Courts