Bjorn Baker’s progressive stayer She’s Ideel took another step at Randwick on Saturday with a win in the $125,000, Catanch’s Bm 78 Handicap (2400m) to make it three wins in succession and her first run over the distance.
The Dundeel four-year-old mare has worked her way up from a win over 1550m at Canterbury on January 17th to 2000m at Randwick on February 1st and to Saturday’s win.
She’s Ideel carried 55kg under Jason Collett and the mare used her advantage over Dark Pearl (IRE) with 59kg under Nash Rawiller as the two left the rest behind for a stride for stride battle from the 300m down the middle of the track.
The margin was a head at the line and Collett was correct when he labelled the win a ‘very tough effort’ with stakes level to follow for She’s Ideel.
Dark Pearl (Born To Sea) and Rawiller were well clear of the rest with Birth Of Venus (IRE) (High Chaparral) (57kg) and Brenton Avdulla third, the margin 5 3/4L away.
The time of 2.32.22 on the Soft 7 track reflected the near 400mm of rain that Randwick has received over the past days. The final 600m was covered in 35.57. She’s Ideel paid $1.75 on fixed odds and $1.70 on the tote.
“She has done a great job with the 2400m the ask today. She was great through the line and she is a exciting,” said Baker.
She’s Ideel, out of the Anabaa mare Ana’s Mail, was winning for the fourth time overall from just eight starts. With three seconds she has earned stakes of $170,225 for connections including her breeder Attunga Stud and Ms I F Walsh, Mr G E Walsh, Mr M J Walsh, Mrs K L Hagin, Mr I H Atkins, Mrs L K Wilson, Mr B Wilson, Mr B J Salmon, Mr J K Murdoch, Mrs L Murdoch, Mr J King, Miss G C Nutt and Miss A L Nutt.
Dark Pearl (IRE) and Nash Rawiller inside with She's Ideel and Jason Collett outside, picture Sportpix.com.au
Catanch's Bm 78 Handicap, photo finish picture ATC