THE gulf in class was evident when Now Eye See cruised to victory in the opening race at Bathurst Paceway on Wednesday evening.
A major upset was going to be required in order to bring down Amanda Turnbull’s $1.50 favourite and former Gold Tiara placegetter, but it didn’t unfold.
The Bettors Delight filly was a 5.5 metre winner in the Burnt Blades Horse Help Three Year Old Fillies Pace (1730 metres).
Wednesday night’s run was just the second race back for Now Eye See since her long spell due to a hock injury picked up in the 2017 Tiara.
”We’ve gave her a lot of time off, and it’s hard for an owner to do that, but she’s done everything perfectly,” Turnbull
“She’s just gotten better and better with racing. She wasn’t doing much earlier on.”
Turnbull and Now Eye See were on a mission to find the race lead at the green light, even with a wide start on the front row to contend with.
Now Eye See didn’t it all her own way at the start as Lotta Laughs and Renee Dale got away strongly inside her.
Mat Rue on Renee Dale forced Now Eye See to do some extra work to find the lead but Turnbull wasn’t going to be denied control of the running.
Miss Fernandez battled through the breeze to take her spot outside the leader at the bell.
Now Eye See started to turn the screws on her opponents over the third quarter and several runners dropped out of the pack before the final bend.
Only seven runners were left in winning contention with 200m left to run.
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Miss Fernandez dropped back over the straight though the same couldn’t be said of a fighting Renee Dale.
Sophie Brown and Urban Girl had similarly spirited sprints left in them but no-one was hunting down the leader.
Turnbull didn’t ask much of her filly over the final 100m – just a single whip of encouragement being needed – and coasted to a fourth career win while a furious fight for second unfolded.
Renee Dale ($18) appeared to have been pipped at the line by sprint lane bolter Sophie Brown ($83.20) but the Rue runner had held on by the smallest of margins.
The winning mile rate was 1:56.5.
Now Eye See won the WDHRA Oaks at Dubbo in her previous start.
Meanwhile, driver Darryl Davis suffered a fractured left humerus following a fall in the second race.
Davis fell from the gig on Dot Ayou when the gates folded back and was quickly attended to by paramedics before being taken to hospital via ambulance.