A trip north to Queensland has paid off for connections of Alma’s Fury who justified his favouritism to win the Listed $200,000 2012 Bernborough Handicap (1600m) at Doomben today.
Backing up just a week after being beaten on the line in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes at Warwick Farm, everything went the way of the $2.90 top elect as he defeated a bold Fillydelphia and Danagaze.
After jumping from a favourable barrier two position with star jockey Glen Boss in the saddle, the five-year-old was able to lob into an ideal position on the fence fourth in running.
Celtic Dancer and Mystical Grey went hard in front which set the race up for Alma’s Fury who assumed the lead early in the straight.
From there he showed terrific fight and finishing ability to hold of a flying Fillydelphia and claim the biggest win of his career.
Alma’s Fury collected $128,000 for the victory which takes his prize pool to more than $350,000 and his record to five wins from 29 starts.
While Robert Heathcote predicted Fire Up Fifi was his best chance in the race, it was Fillydelphia who shone as she overcame a wide barrier to show signs of returning to her best when finishing quickly down the outside.
The five-year-old mare is a dual stakes winner but has struggled with injury and inconsistency of late.
Danagaze backed up his strong second in the Coca-Cola Amatil Handicap to record his second consecutive minor placing in third.