Promising runner turns it up a gear to blitz opponents
By Lee Gaskin
SHE promised for so long, and now Promising Eyes is delivering for Bundaberg trainer David Gear.
The spritely two-year-old completed her hat-trick of victories when she took out the Grade 1 and 2 Free For All at Thabeban Park on Saturday.
It was an impressive run from the $2.25 second favourite, taking the cash by two and a half lengths from outsider Monaco, with the punter's choice Looking Foxy in third.
She has had a lot of potential for a while, but is only now starting to produce.
There was more joy for Gear in the fifth race on the card, the Mixed Final, as Sugar City Babe (2.80) took full advantage of running out of box one to record just her fourth career win.
Running a new personal best of 26.61 sec for the 460m journey, she turned the tables on last week's heat winner Uno Lass, as $5.00 roughie All Rain rounded out the minor places.
Consistent Bundaberg trainer David Jones kept up his record when Limpinwood Flash (5.00) caused the upset of the day to take out the Grade 3 and 4 over 460m.
The Flash found something that had been lacking for her previous 64 starts, to burn up the course in a new personal best time of 26.68 sec.
Old stayer Vintage Charger showed he is far from a spent force with a tidy second, while odds-on favourite Bitumen Jack laboured having his first start of the year.
Bundaberg trainer David Raines had reason to celebrate when Serengeti (2.20) jumped strongly from the red box to cross the line first in the Crystalgem Grade 5.
There was not much in the finish, with Share A Thought putting up a strong challenge a mere three-quarters of a length behind, with Brassy Brindle in third.
The remaining two races on the six-race card went the way of out-of-town runners, with Rinso (3.00) taking out the Barritt's Butchery Grade 5 and Lyppard Lady (2.40) getting the business done in the Maiden.