SHE had to work her way through a maze of horses but once she hit the front there was no stopping Jeradas Delight.
Mark Hewitt’s promising filly made it three wins in a row when she took out the Lexus Of Dubbo Three Year Old Fillies Pace (1730 metres) at Bathurst Paceway on Wednesday.
Just as their close odds predicted, the battle for the finish came down to a duel between Jeradas Delight ($3.10 favourite) and Bernie Hewitt’s Scarlet Babe ($3.20).
Scarlet Babe had led the race for the entire trip until she was passed inside the final 100m by Jeradas Delight who would go on to record a career-best winning mile rate of 1:57.9.
“I’ve liked her ever since we broke her in. It’s just been a slow process. She had an injury last year as a two-year-old,” Mark Hewitt said following the win.
“We couldn’t get her switched on for her first couple of runs this year but over her last two or three she’s definitely been switched on.”
Jeradas Delight had a tough start to contend with from the inside of the second row.
Mark Hewitt managed to get his runner to fourth in the outside line on the first turn.
Meanwhile Scarlet Babe had taken control of the race with ease.
Sure Bet Shannon sat behind the leader and Moonstone Montana got across to the death seat.
Going past the finish post for the first time Aunty Bessy – rated as one of the best hopes against the two best-backed fillies – broke stride and was stuck three wide at the rear of the field.
Across the back of the track Keeping It Real pulled out for a three wide move, allowing Jeradas Delight to move up behind Moonstone Montana.
Jeradas Delight could have been hemmed in from the position but when Keeping It Real couldn’t keep her run going it provided Mark Hewitt the chance to put his filly into the breeze.
That opportunity came just in time.
Scarlet Babe was threatening to break away from the field on the turn for home and if Jeradas Delight hadn’t found the gap it would have been a one-horse finish.
Jeradas Delight blew by Moonstone Montana with 150m to race and joined Scarlet Babe out in front.
Mark Hewitt’s filly kept her momentum going and raced ahead to win by 1.7m.
Relapse ($7.20) recovered from her poor start to steal third place away from Moonstone Montana ($38.80).
Jeradas Delight has now recorded three straight wins at three different racecourses: Canberra, Wagga and Bathurst.
Next stop for Jeradas Delight is the NSW Breeders Challenge semi-finals.