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    IT DIDN’T take classy filly Ideal Bliss long to return to the winners’ circle. Suffering her first defeat for the season when third in... Bliss bounces back

    IT DIDN’T take classy filly Ideal Bliss long to return to the winners’ circle.

    Suffering her first defeat for the season when third in the Tasmania Oaks on March 18, Ideal Bliss bounced back in Hobart last night.

    Despite being “short of a run” following a freshen-up, the three-year-old proved too strong for her opposition after racing in the ‘death seat’.

    Driven by Ricky Duggan, Ideal Bliss scored from El Jays Monet and Stryker in 1:57.3 over a mile.

    Pleased with the youngster’s performance, trainer Paul Hill has set his sights on the upcoming Bandbox Series with the daughter of American Ideal.

    Winner of last season’s two-year-old division, Ideal Bliss is poised to tackle the opening heat in Launceston on May 11.

    “She went very well,” Hill said. “I was extremely confident with her and thought on her work she was a good thing.

    “Usually she gets on the bit when outside when outside the leader, but she settled beautifully, which was good to see.

    “That run will do her the world of good as we keep ticking along for the Bandbox heats in three weeks.”

    While he was on the sidelines during Ideal Bliss’ race, Hill was in the middle of the action later in the evening when partnering Sign Of Oro to a drought-breaking victory.

    Pushed through from the outside of the second row to lead, Sign Of Oro staved off a late challenge from Delightful Junie to win by a head, with Seenohearnospeakno seven-and-a-half metres away third.

    Covering the mile in 2:00.3, the eight-year-old registered his first triumph since April 2016 for trainer Gregory Bransden.

    “Even though he was off the back, there wasn’t a horse draw in front of him, so he was able to begin quickly and lead from the second row,” Hill said.

    “Greg has done a good job with him and he found enough in the straight to hang on.”

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