SUCCESS in tonight’s opening Gold Tiara heat in Bathurst has seen Eye Can Run firm as the pre-draw favourite for next week’s Final.
Fresh from her victory in the Pink Bonnet at Tabcorp Park Menangle a fortnight ago, Eye Can Run completed a narrow win for trainer KerryAnn Turner.
As such the daughter of Heston Blue Chip remains at the top of table pending the barrier draw.
Thrilled with the two-year-old’s performance, Turner believes the draw will be crucial in “a pretty open Final.”
“She went really well,” Turner said. “I felt she could win and thankfully everything panned out for her.
“She got the right run and was able to make the most of it, although she only just got there.”
Driven by Turner’s partner, Robbie Morris, Eye Can Run began quickly to cross to the pegs from barrier five, but was unable to hold out Jo Dina, which dashed to the lead from six.
Angled into the passing lane during the latter stages, the filly grabbed the lead in the last stride to score by a short half-head from the pacemaker, with Angel Shark 10-and-a-half metres third.
Taking her record to two wins and third from three starts by rating 1:59.1 over 1730 metres, Eye Can Run’s time was the third fastest of the four qualifiers.
Quickest honours belong to Michelle Lee Mac, which rated 1:57.3 to account for Gee Gee Blinxs and Katalytic.
“Michelle Lee Mac was pretty impressive for Kerry McDowell (trainer),” Turner said. “She is going to be hard to beat.
“That said, each one of them has to be considered a danger in the Final as they’ve earned their place in it.
“It is a pretty open Final and the draw could decide the winner.”
Happy Cruising for trainer-driver David Hewitt and York Minster from the Bernie Hewitt stable captured the two remaining heats in 1:59 and 2:01.4.