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    Filly to honour trainer’s late Mum Filly to honour trainer’s late Mum

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    CONNECTIONS of talented youngster I Am Pegasus are hoping for a sentimental win at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night. While emotions will already... Filly to honour trainer’s late Mum

    CONNECTIONS of talented youngster I Am Pegasus are hoping for a sentimental win at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night.

    While emotions will already be high heading into the evening, they will reach a premium level should the filly capture the Victoria Trotters’ Oaks.

    I Am Pegasus will contest the Group One just 24 hours after trainer Joe Vassallo farewells his mother, Mary, who passed away last weekend.

    Vassallo co-owns the squaregaiter with his brother, Sam.

    “I had to scratch my horse from Ballarat last Friday night to be with mum,” Vassallo said. “She died the following morning.

    “If this wasn’t the Oaks I wouldn’t be racing I Am Pegasus this weekend, so it would be great if she can win for Mum.

    “Mum was never able to make it to the track, but she loved watching them live or on the replay.

    “I will ring Harness Racing Victoria as I’m hoping the driver can wear a black arm band for Mum.”

    I Am Pegasus’ prospects of a heavenly triumph were dealt a blow when the daughter of Pegasus Spur drew the back row.

    Unplaced upon debut last February, I Am Pegasus was then runner-up before winning her next five starts.

    Despite her impeccable record the three-year-old is mid range in betting at $13 with TAB Fixed Odds.

    Sleepee is the $2.70 favourite from barrier three for trainer Alison Alford.

    “She going really well and we’re having a bit of fun,” Vassallo said. “She galloped three times at her first start then she did it again at her second start and lost about 100 metres before finishing second beaten 17 metres.

    “Then she started to put it all together which makes it easier. It was hard to get her going but then she jumped out of wood work.

    “The draw is not ideal but she does all her work at home from behind. If she doesn’t make a mistake I don’t think draw will worry her.”

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