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Bon’s A Pearla entered Group 1 Thousand Guineas calculations enjoying a boilover success thanks to a perfectly timed ride by Jason Maskiell in the 2021 Thousand Guineas Prelude results on Saturday.
Kevin Corstens’ underrated Bon Hoffa filly Bon’s A Pearla went around at big odds in the Group 2 $300,000 Prelude over the 1400m at Caulfield rising notably in grade off a maiden win at Sandown on September 1.
At her fourth start she made her Black-Type debut and took on a nice field of fellow three-year-old fillies including the Godolphin-raced favourite Hersey.
After racing wide early stages, well-performed Street Boss filly Hersey looked to have things wrapped up hitting the front inside the final furlong.
But quick on the scene to rain on the punters’ parade was the eventual winner, Bon’s A Pearla letting down in a brilliant late burst of speed to run down the favourite and win.
Following a brief hail storm, the weather cleared and allowed the opening Group race of the day to take place under sunny skies.
It was Xtra Gear leading from the jump setting only a moderate pace at best before quickening approaching the turn.
Heresy was closing fast and moved up to take the lead at the 150m, before the late dive by Bon’s A Pearla who ran through the line extremely well with Maskiell timing the winning ride to perfection.
In third rounding out the Thousand Guineas Prelude trifecta was the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Elusive Express who made up all the ground from last in running.
“Great ride, he was patient on her, just super, really good,” winning trainer Corstens told Racing Victoria.
“We’ve always liked her.
“She still has a little bit of improvement to go in the coat
“Jason’s a big supporter of ours, he sticks with us. It pays to be loyal sometimes.”
Irish Lights (2009) was the last filly to complete the Thousand Guineas Prelude – Thousand Guineas double.
This year the Group 1 $1 million Thousand Guineas (1600m) runs on Wednesday, October 13.
2021 Thousand Guineas Prelude Results & Finishing Order
|1||4||BON’S A PEARLA||Kevin Corstens||Jason Maskiell||5||56kg||$31|
|2||1||HERESY||James Cummings||Damien Oliver||0.2L||7||58kg||$3.60F|
|3||5||ELUSIVE EXPRESS (NZ)||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Jye McNeil||0.95L||10||56kg||$12|
|4||2||SCORCHED EARTH||John Moloney||Luke Currie||1.7L||6||57kg||$7.50|
|5||10||DAISIES||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||Damien Thornton||2.95L||8||56kg||$31|
|6||3||MORIOKA||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||3.25L||1||56kg||$5.50|
|7||6||XTRA GEAR||Richard Laming||Dean Yendall||4.25L||3||56kg||$6.50|
|8||8||ANCIENT GIRL (NZ)||Clinton McDonald||John Allen||5.75L||2||56kg||$21|
|9||7||DEVOUT HERO||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Damian Lane||6.5L||4||56kg||$7.50|
|10||9||THRONTARI||Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock||Brett Prebble||6.7L||9||56kg||$13|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
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