Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Emily As, a $200 purchase by Edenhope owner-trainer Cap Abbott last September after she had been out of the winner’s circle for close to 12 months, caused a major boilover at Tara Raceway last Friday when defeating a handy sort of field in the Australia Day Open (600 m).
The now rising-four-year-old daughter of Sure As and Darmilou went into the race having won on three occasions since being taken over by Abbott, the last time back in November at Tara Raceway.
But a last start third at the track on January 12 behind Tuscan Flex in a time-graded middle-distance event saw her go to the boxes as the rank outsider at $41.
Not that Abbott was too concerned at the long odds. “If she finds the front then she’ll win. I don’t care what her price is,” he declared.
How right he was. Emily As was quickly away from box two and never headed, eventually holding Goldie’s Run out to win by 1¾ lengths in 35.73 seconds.
The win was Abbott’s third this year after a double the previous week with Chavasse and Shaniqua.
Meanwhile, Sunday’s 600 metre event, The Border Watch Queens Stake, has attracted a full field of more than handy grade five bitches.
The consistent Chilly Kiss has drawn box five and a repeat of her last start middle-distance effort when clocking 35.66 seconds would put the daughter of Spring Gun x Chilly Babe right in the mix for grandmother-granddaughter team Connie and Clarissa Miller.