Exciting clash of fillies at Winton

By Jonny Turner

Central Southland Raceway will be the scene for a highly exciting clash of 3yr-old fillies on Tuesday.

Canterbury raiders Luella and Sugar Loaf will take on southern up and comers Nikasa, Watch Me Now and Pearl Harbour in what is set to be a scintillating mile (1609m) event.

The hustle and bustle of a quickly run sprint will be nothing new for Pearl Harbour, who ran behind Sweet On Me at the Harness Jewels, last season.

The filly transferred from Barry Purdon’s stable to be trained by her owners, Katrina and John Price, after the Harness Jewels and won for them at Winton second up.

The victory showed Pearl Harbour was back to her best after producing a head-scratching fifth first up at Wyndham.

“We perhaps underestimated where she was at training wise and we were initially disappointed with her,” Katrina Price said. 

“But, when we went back and analysed the race, she ran the first half (800m) quick from a wide draw.

“I think it might have just been a case of her being first up and that run being a wee bit tougher than we anticipated.”

Pearl Harbour looked more like the classy 2yr-old version of herself when beating the promising Slate in her next start at Winton for driver Nathan Williamson.  

“It was good to see her back – she promises a lot in training.”

“So, it was nice to see her deliver it on race day,” Price said.

Pearl Harbour had some down time after her last win after a bug went through the Price stable.

That is now behind the filly and she has pleased her trainers leading in to Tuesday’s event.

“She is a filly that doesn’t seem to take much training and her work since has been very, very pleasing,” Price said.

Pearl Harbour is drawn inside likely favourite Sugar Loaf (6) in barrier 5.

The Robert Dunn trained filly will aim to keep her unbeaten record intact after winning a chaotic affair at the inaugural Fast 10 meeting at Addington, earlier this month.

Pearl Harbour has her provincial counterpart Watch Me Now on her inside in barrier 4.

The Kirstin Barclay and Paul Ellis trained 3yr-old produced a huge effort to win after sitting parked throughout a mile (1609m) event in her last visit to Winton.

Promising Canterbury filly Luella is drawn inside Watch Me Now in barrier 3.

The Greg and Nina Hope trained 3yr-old has looked ready to resume when winning a trial at Rangiora last week.

The pace of Tuesday’s race should not worry the horse drawn on her inner, Nikasa (2).

The Darryn Simpson trained 3yr-old won over 2200m in the time of 2-42.3, three starts ago.

The Price stable also line up Flash Party in race 3 at Winton on Tuesday.

The trainers are hoping their 5yr-old gets more luck than in her last start at Ascot Park.

Flash Party copped a big check just after the start when a galloping runner caused tightening as the mobile left.

The mare is set to need luck after drawing barrier 1 on the second row in her 2400m event for Williamson.

Though whether Flash Party is in a position to capitalise on any luck that comes her way will be completely up to her.

“Nathan said when you are warming her up you know which version of Flash Party is going to turn up and he said she felt super that day.”

“Then she got knocked over at the start.”

“She has been working good and hopefully the right Flash Party turns up on Tuesday.”

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