By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk
Girls Are Best rewarded their connections for their patience with their first win at Cambridge Raceway on Friday night.
While the filly, trained by Brian and Gareth Hughes, was placed as a late two year old last year, she was given a year off to develop and their connections are now reaping the rewards.
She was picked up again last month with a third place finish at Alexandra Park and was then aired as the favorite for $ 2.10 on Friday in Cambridge at the Ike Unsworth Mobile Pace (2200m).
Driver Todd Mitchell pushed forward for an early lead where he could control the race and Girls Are Best proved too strong in the closing stages to take three quarters of a quarter ahead of Private Eye by 1-3 / 4 lengths win back to Wet Flip-Flops in third place.
Your coaches were rightly satisfied with the result.
“It was a nice run and we’re very happy about it,” said Gareth Hughes.
â€œIt was fantastic at the last start in Auckland. It was parked and still stuck in third place. She got a little more in her favor tonight than she got upstairs, and it was a nice result. “
Hughes said girls are best (American ideal) has really strengthened herself in her 12 month racing break and that shows in her races as well.
“She’s a pretty big filly so we gave her a little more time and it worked out fine with the birthdays change since she is still three years old,” he said.
Later on the map, stable mate Murphy’s Reward showed his tenacity when he finished third in the Black Dog Furniture Mobile Pace (2200m) after being in the lead.
“He’s still racing honestly and he’s done really well again tonight,” said Hughes. “He was early and only marginally outnumbered, which was very gratifying.”
Hughes, based in Pukekohe, couldn’t be on the track due to restrictions imposed by COVID-19 on the Waikato and Auckland border, and he said they were grateful to Todd Mitchell for looking after their pair of runners on Friday.
“Todd was really good,” said Hughes. â€œDad has had a little contact with him for the last week and he was good enough to look after both of us and drive, it worked out well.
“It’s good to see how the race is going up again.”
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