Dee-lighted to be a bolter
FROM the high-pressure environment of the Eagle Farm race course stables to the fresh air and open paddocks of the Melvin family property — High Dee is definitely enjoying her new home.
So much so that it galloped to an unlikely victory in Saturday’s Class Four 1212m handicap.
The mare had not raced since the Mt Perry races over a month ago, and had not been ridden until last Wednesday in the lead up to the Boxing Day meet.
“But when Bill (Melvin) got on her she flew,” co-trainer and owner Janet Melvin said.
“She’s very moody having grown up in the high pressure of Eagle Farm, but we knew she’d go well if she behaved, and she did.”
The ecstatic Melvin told how they picked her up for just $1500 in September, and it has already had three wins and a place from five races.
“I think it’s a bit better than average, Bill said it is running faster than (another of their horses) Fuhrmidable,” she said.
“It’s such a pretty mare too; people have already been chasing her for a hack, so it’s got a future after racing.”
Meanwhile Darryl Gardiner’s new project County Sherrif took out the Percy Bond Memorial QTIS Handicap in impressive fashion.
“It’s the first start up here for County Sherrif and I was pretty happy with how it ran, it was good to get one win from my five starters,” Gardiner said.
“I’m not sure what it’s capable of yet, but it worked well and ran well on the sand, we’re hoping it can move on to bigger and better things.”
In the first race of the meet Top Pick proved to be just that, edging out Midnight Agenda by a neck to win the Maiden Handicap over 1090m.