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By Adam Hamilton

Kiwi fans will have a connection to nominal Bathurst Gold Tiara favourite Three Squared (Mach Three-Three Eagles).

 The company filly is the fourth foal to race out Falcon Seelster mare Three Eagles, who best known as the dam of Fly Like An Eagle (18 wins and $693,460).

 Her other progeny to race are current three-year-old Mach Doro (also by Mach Three, three wins and $42,383) and Playboy Cullen (one win).

 Three Squared made it two wins from just three starts. She beat herself at her second run by galloping away at the start and losing all chance.

 She was on her best behaviour last night, sitting just off a hot early pace before being cut loose by Luke McCarthy and dashing past to her rivals to win without being extended by 12m in a best-of-the-night 1min56.5sec mile rate for 1730m.

 “She’s a really nice filly. We’ve liked her from day one. She did it well and will be favourite for the final,” McCarthy said.

 McCarthy also praised the new Bathurst track, which is hosting its first Gold Crown series.

 “It’s terrific, they’ve done it really well. I’ll be honest, we wouldn’t have taken out two good fillies to the old track. They are too valuable to risk getting injured or something going wrong,” he said.

 “The new track will be a huge boost for this series. More horses will pay-up knowing the track is so much better and fairer.”

 Team McCarthy won two of the five Tiara heats last night.

 The other win came with Soho Madeleine, who is also regally bred.

She is out of Magic Maddy Lombo, a daughter of former star filly Misty Maiden.

 Magic Maddy Lombo’s had seven foals to race, five of them winners, headed by Suave Stuey Lombo (33 wins, $565,912), Miss Trickin Lombo (15 wins, $230,312) and Sweet Maddy Lombo (11 wins, $106,588).

 Further back, Misty Maiden is the dam of former superstar juvenile Lombo Pocket Watch (45 wins, $1,522,638).

 Soho Madeleine began well from gate five and gradually worked across to find the lead before dashing home in 57.2 and 28.3sec to win by 12m in a 1min58.sec mile rate.

 It followed a big debut run at Menangle when a close second to Hazels Girl in 1min54.5sec mile.

 Surprisingly, Hazels Girl disappointed after leading as a $1.04 favourite and weakening for a 5.6m third last night.

 Soho Madeleine’s improvement has been so marked in the past fortnight, McCarthy thinks there is not much between here and Three Squared.

 “If you’d asked me two weeks ago, I’d have said Three Squared was miles better, but the gaps closing,” he said.

 “Soho Madeleine went terrific when second in the quick time on debut and she’s really come on since the run.

 “I know Three Squared went quicker last night, but Soho felt like she had at least a second-and-a-half up her sleeve.”

 Local hero Steve Turnbull also won two of the Tiara heats with Pixies Parlour (Village Jasper-Miss Enya) by 12.2m in a 1min58.1sec mile rate and Cherry Mahoney (Always A Virgin-Bonnie Mahoney) in 1min59.1sec.

 The other heat went to Gracie Taljuice (Four Starzzz Shark-Tears To Maple) in 1min59.2sec.

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 The Bathurst action continues tomorrow (Saturday) night with five heats of the Gold Crown for two-year-old colts and geldings.

 The focus will be on unbeaten colt Bettermatch (Kenneth J-Livelymatch) chasing his fifth win from as many starts in the last of the heats.

 His most recent win had to be seen to be believed when he sat parked and won in 1min53.6sec mile at Menangle on February 7.

 “He’s the one to beat for sure. He looks so fast and strong,” McCarthy said.

 McCarthy said Somepartysomewhere (Somebeachsomewhere-Socialize) was the best of his two chances in the heats.

 “He’s improving and is out of a half-sister to Sushi Sushi. I think he’ll make the final, but don’t know about beating Bettermatch,” he said.

 McCarthy will also be closely watching Tasmanian visitor Blingittothemax (Art Major-Alldatglittersisgold) from the pole.

 The colt is the next in the family of Bling It On, Baby Bling and others and won his only start at Devonport on March 8.

 “They paid good money for him and I’ve heard good reports, so I hope he’s a really nice one,” he said.




IN other juvenile news, Emma Stewart unearthed another exciting talent with Kingofthestars (Sportswriter-Kirrilee Joy) leading throughout to easily win on debut at Bendigo on Thursday night.


Interestingly, Stewart rates the colt better than Goodtime Sammy, the $1.30 prepost favourite for tonight’s Youthful Stakes at Melton.


“They are our best two colts, but we think Kingofthestars is the pick of them,” she said.


Kingofthestars led from the pole at Bendigo, cruised through a 62.1sec middle half then dashed home in 57.7 and 28.3sec to win without being extended by driver Nathan Jack.