NEW South Wales raider Bronski Belle has emerged a surprise Group One contender thanks to her upset win at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight.
Scraping into the second round of the Alabar Vicbred Super Series as the lowest ranked runner from last week’s heats, Bronski Belle upstaged her rivals in her semi-final.
Trained by KerryAnn Morris, the daughter of Major Bronski scored at $25.40 on the tote to book her position in next weekend’s $130,000 Final.
“She didn’t travel well before her heat and it wasn’t one of my best drives,” Morris said. “She’d had a good week had settled in better at Nagambie and I felt she was back to her best.
“We will stay down here with Sonia Mahar again this week until the Final.”
With Morris holding the reins Bronski Belle was eased towards the tail of the field from her second row draw as the favourite, Soho Burning Love, worked hard to find the lead.
Angled three-wide at the bell, the mare was taken to the ‘death seat’ along the back straight before surging to the front on the home turn.
Sustaining a strong sprint Bronski Belle completed a two-metre win from Nostra Villa, with Soho Burning Love nine metres away third.
“That was a terrific run from her,” Morris said. “She did a bit of work for that last lap and still got to the line strongly.
“I’ll keep her ticking along quietly during the week and hopefully we can have a bit of luck in the Final.”
Rating 1:57.1 over 2240 metres, the four-year-old’s time was 1.3 seconds slower than Pistol Abbey in the opening semi.
Driven by David Moran, Pistol Abbey led home an Emma Stewart-trained trifecta as Frankincense and Nostra Beach filled the placings.