MRS Browns Boy may have started a raging favourite in Sunday’s Billy Soo Memorial Blayney Cup (2,400 metres) but the emphatic manner in which he won the feature race was still a surprise.
No horse finished within 21 metres of Mrs Browns Boy ($1.40) as the Amanda Turnbull-trained gelding continued his unbeaten streak in Australia in dominant fashion.
Our Castanea ($22.20, Mat Rue) and Wrangler Duke ($12.50, Trent Rue) won the scrap for the minor placings when the battle for the win was well and truly over.
Mrs Browns Boy managed to get across quickly from gate four to find the lead before the opening turn.
Spare The Price was caught three wide on the bend but worked forward to get into the death seat alongside Turnbull’s contender.
Inside starter Wrangler Duke was easily able to take the sit behind the leader.
Lockton Luck – the next-best backed runner behind the favourite at $10.10 – trailed Wrangler Duke.
Mrs Browns Boy was in cruise control at the head of the field over the opening two laps.
When Turnbull demanded more out of the Real Desire gelding on the final lap the rest of the field had no answer.
The third quarter of 28.4 seconds helped Mrs Browns Boy pull away when the field made their way onto the back straight for the final time.
The margin continued to expand rapidly on the run home as Mrs Browns Boy picked up her seventh straight win with ease.
Turnbull said the only query in the lead up was how fit her runner was after a three month spell.
“He came out of the gate quickly and that was really good because there were a couple of quick ones underneath me,” he said.
“He seems to have pulled up really good. I knew he could do a good job but I wasn’t too sure how fit he was for it.
“He’s still low in grade at the moment so we’ll keep looking for these sorts of races for now.”
Wrangler Duke led home the rest of the field well but was overtaken on the run home by Our Castanea.
Both of the meeting’s Menangle Country Series Heats were won by Brad Hewitt.
Real Obsession and Our Triple Play both beat home favourites, and the latter’s mile rate of 1:57.4 came up just short of the Blayney track record.
Turnbull picked up a second win at the meeting, with Taihape Sunset, while Bernie Hewitt also bagged a brace of victories thanks to Might And Main and Half Crown Gap.