SHE’S the mare who keeps on delivering.
David Hewitt’s former Canola Cup winner Holm Three is showing that she’s back to her best after victory on Wednesday night at Bathust Paceway.
Holm Three ($7.60) held onto the lead from gate one and never surrendered control in the G32 Yearling Payments Due 30th June Pace (1,730 metres).
Crackerjack Jo ($8.60) and Our Braxton ($5.20) filled the minor placings.
Hewitt’s six-year-old Mach Three mare has now claimed back-to-back wins this month.
Holm Three, who made her 90th start on Wednesday night, is enjoying a purple patch of form in the twilight of her career.
“She’s going quite good at the moment, probably the best she’s gone in quite a while,” Hewitt said.
“There’s no particular plans for her. We’re just trying to race out for the season and then try and get her into foal.
“She hasn’t been a noted leader. When she came from overseas she was in the lower grades, leading, and winning but she hasn’t been doing that for quite a while. She has done that in her last two runs now.”
Holm Three saw off an early challenge at the green light from Fullon Boundary Row to take up the running.
Todd McCarthy was able to line up Crackerjack Jo behind Holm Three.
The death seat eventually found by Written In Style, who had to do some early work to get around Isle Of Man.
That’s the way things remained until the 400m to go mark as several runners towards the rear of the field pulled wide for a challenge.
Their attempts to get near Holm Three were in vain.
Holm Three, driven by Hewitt, had plenty left to give and her only challenge came from Crackerjack Jo in the sprint lane.
It was a race of two over the final 100m and Holm Three was just strong enough to see off the inside challenger by a head.
Race favourite Mister Haywood ($4.80) finished seventh.
The winning mile rate was 1:55.2, a new career best mark for Holm Three.
Holm Three has now amassed over $100,000 in prizemoney.
Wednesday marks the first time since her debut Australian start, and two follow up wins, where Holm Three has claimed back-to-back career victories.