Dontstopbelievin digs deep for Sires Stakes win

While she had little luck in her first three race starts, those that retained the belief in the Somebeachsomewhere filly Dontstopbelievin profited handsomely on Friday, as from a sweet draw of one, she led from go to whoa, booking herself a place in the Sires Stakes final for the two year old fillies.

Dontstopbelievin had impressed in early trials and on debut at Alexandra Park last month was sent out well supported. On that occasion she put in a big run for 5th after getting back and then being forced wide when making her run. In her following two starts, from second line draws, she copped terrible checks early in the race that ultimately ended her chance on both occasions. It was based on these two runs that she was sent out at odds of 28-1 in Friday night's heat.

Able to muster enough speed early to take a forward position, she ended up in front by default after favourite Bettor Joy broke early. While facing pressure throughout, Dontstopbelievin always looked to be travelling a treat for driver Maurice McKendry. She kicked hard turning for home and was too good in the straight for the trailling horse Excellent, rounding out the 1700m trip in 2.05.2, home her last 800m in 57.9 and the last 400m in 28.5.

Bred by S J Hooper and Birchbrook Breeding Ltd, Dontstopbelievin is leased and raced by Bircbrook Breeding and the Bada Bing Syndicate. She is the first foal out of the former good racemare Bedtime, trained for most of her career by Andrew Armour in the deep south. Bedtime was the winner of nine races from 36 starts and always possessed her fair share of ability, something that she has now passed onto this filly.

The other Robert Dunn trained runner in the event was Reklaw's Gem. A bit like her stablemate, Reklaw's Gem has had little go right in her career to date either in her short career. From her wide draw, she was forced to cover plenty of extra ground and faded late in the race. She too only needs a good draw to turn her form around.

Dontstopbelievin leads throughout in her Sires Stakes win on Friday

Posted: Mon 27 Mar 2017

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