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Queenslander Miss Cover Girl has posted an impressive win for trainer Kelly Schweida on Day 1 of The Championships; holding off a late charge from clear favourite Peeping to take out the Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m).
Jumping from the gates well, veteran jockey Glen Boss steered the Monashee Mountain filly to the front of the pack; setting a fast pace away from the barriers and approaching the bend.
Arriving on the final straight with a clear racing line, Miss Cover Girl quickly spooled up and charged clear; continuing to find over the last 200m to hit the line a head ahead of Peeping; Matilija boxing on for third.
Schweida has not saddled a Randwick winner for close to 18 months and revealed he was a little worried when Boss found the fore of the field early in the 2015 PJ Bell Stakes.
“I was wondering where the winning post was!” Schweida said.
“I was a bit concerned when she led – we were a bit worried there was no speed in the race so we left it up to Glen.
“I think Glen wanted to fourth or fifth off but obviously there was no speed on.
“She had a week off after her last run and when you train them, you train them for dry tracks so we freshened her right up.
“Not many back markers were winning so I left it up to him and it was a good ride.”
Boss delivered a typically calm ride on the three-year-old in the PJ Bell Stakes and was thrilled to chalk-up a win for Schweida and his travelling contingency on Day 1 of The Championships.
“I thought she was really brave this filly,” Boss said after crossing the line.
“She’s a filly that is a little bit slow out and gets a little bit back in her races.
“The pattern of the race today I thought well, I don’t see much speed in the race and then she jumped well so I was just going to let her control it for me.
“I was surprised that we led. I thought she was very strong.”
Boss has the opportunity to post further black type success this afternoon when partnering talented three-year-old Kermadec in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile.
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2015 PJ Bell Stakes Results
|1||5||MISS COVER GIRL||Kelly Schweida||Glen Boss||–||6||54kg||$10|
|2||2||PEEPING||Ron Quinton||Sam Clipperton||0.2L||7||55kg||$3F|
|3||10||MATILIJA||Lee & Anthony Freedman||James McDonald||1.2L||4||54kg||$6.50|
|4||6||SULTRY FEELING||Bart & James Cummings||Chad Schofield||1.7L||1||54kg||$8|
|5||8||TAHNI DANCER||Clinton McDonald||Dwayne Dunn||2L||9||54kg||$20|
|6||11||KIND HEART||John P Thompson||Tommy Berry||2.3L||8||54kg||$15|
|7||3||PITTSBURGH FLYER||Lee & Shannon Hope||Joao Moreira||3.5L||5||55kg||$5|
|8||13||SWIFT LADY (NZ)||John Sargent||Tye Angland||4.1L||3||54kg||$61|
|9||1||NAYELI||Gai Waterhouse||Damien Oliver||8.8L||2||56kg||$8.50|
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