CALLMEQUEENBEE picked up the biggest win of her young career on Saturday with victory in the $20,000 Kevin and Kay Seymour Evolution Series Final (1,609 metres) at Menangle.
Trained by Bathurst’s Gemma Rue and driven by husband Mat, Callmequeenbee ($1.30) led the race from the opening turn but came under threat late from Black Silhouette ($7.70).
Callmequeenbee raced by Serene Sea and Black Silhouette in the early stages to take control.
The Rue filly ran a 26.8 second opening quarter and stretched the field out across the back straight.
Despite the early work Callmequeenbee bolted away on the turn for home, with only Black Silhouette and Redbank Addi able to stay close to the leader.
Redbank Addi ($15) fell out of the hunt with 100m to run but Black Silhouette ducked to the inside of Callmequeenbee to mount a challenge for the lead.
Callmequeenbee fought hard to hold on by a neck.
Redbank Addi was 10m away in third while the rest of the field was a further 20m behind.
“She’d done plenty of work early and that horse behind us had enjoyed the better trip on us. She’s not the best horse when leading her races but she’s always learning,” Mat Rue said.
“The NSW Oaks heats are next Saturday. That will obviously be a big jump in grade and will be the biggest test of her career.
“If she gets a good gate then you never know.”