SUCCESS with The Ides Of March during the opening event at Albion Park last night provided KerryAnn Turner with the ‘vehicle’ for a satisfying evening.
The New South Wales horsewoman was in Queensland to contest the Australian Reinswomen’s Championship, with The Ides Of March capturing the first heat.
Consistent performances during the series – including two seconds and third – resulted in Turner being runner-up behind local driver, Narissa McMullen.
McMullen accrued 79 points to Turner’s 75.
Closer to home, Turner was triumphant with Eye Can Run, which captured the Pink Bonnet at Tabcorp Park Menangle.
“It was a really satisfying night,” Turner said. “I had a great time at Albion Park competing against so many wonderfully talented women.
“A win in one of the heats was great and finishing second was a big thrill.
“To get the win at Menangle was fantastic, especially for owners Alex (Smith) and Russell (Woods) who put a lot into the sport.”
Driven by Turner’s partner, Robbie Morris, Eye Can Run was given time to settle into her stride from barrier two, which saw her positioned midfield as Feels Lika Winner and then Michelle Lee Mac led.
Shuffled to the tail of the pack around the home bend, Eye Can Run unleashed a scintillating sprint to complete a five-metre win from Lulu Le Mans, with Feels Lika Winner a short half-head away third.
Breaking her maiden at her second start, the daughter of Heston Blue Chip covered the mile in 1:54.2.
“We’ve always liked her from the early stages,” Turner said. “She did a few little things wrong around home turn at Bathurst when third on her debut, but being back at Menangle we knew she would handle track alright
“The way the race was run brought her right into it, but I was thrilled with the way she sprinted home.
“She is eligible for Bathurst Tiara later in the month so that’s the way we are heading.”
While last night provided reasons for Turner to smile, her weekend began and will end on a sombre note.
“One of our workers, Gemma Williams, got kicked quite badly to the head on Friday and is in hospital,” Turner explained. “They operated on her broken cheek bone and she had stiches near the eye.
“She is really lucky in some ways and I’m off to the hospital straight from the airport to visit her today.”