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    Silhouette steps out of the shadows Silhouette steps out of the shadows

    BLACK SILHOUETTE on the outside finally captured a Group One - Photo Laura Lebedeff

    CONNECTIONS of Australian Pacing Gold purchase Black Silhouette are thrilled she decided to break her Group One pattern at Tabcorp Park Menangle yesterday. Racing... Silhouette steps out of the shadows

    CONNECTIONS of Australian Pacing Gold purchase Black Silhouette are thrilled she decided to break her Group One pattern at Tabcorp Park Menangle yesterday.

    Racing against the best of her crop since her debut season, Black Silhouette had contested three top shelf events leading up to the New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge Final.

    On each of those occasions the Sam Dimarco-trained pacer finished seventh!

    Black Silhouette was also seventh in last term’s Group Two Bathurst Gold Bracelet.

    Thanks to performance in the $100,000 decider, the daughter of Shadow Play has “finally” become a ‘black type’ mare.

    “She finally broke through for us,” Dimarco said. “She has been very consistent all her career and made her way into a few Finals but hasn’t had much luck once there.

    “This time she got a good trip off the speed and stuck her head out at the right time.

    “She was only grabbed on the line in her semi and now this time she’s grabbed the win on the line.”

    Driven masterfully by Todd McCarthy, Black Silhouette was pushed forward to find the lead from barrier eight before being eased to take a trail behind the favourite, Goodtime Heaven.

    Gaining an opening halfway along the home straight, the four-year-old reclaimed the front in the last stride to score by a half-neck from Goodtime Heaven.

    Rocknroll Pearl completed an APG trifecta when four metres away third in 1:51.

    “She had been very bright within herself since her last run two weeks ago and I knew she was ready to run a good race,” Dimarco said. “I expected her to be in the finish with the right run and that’s just what she got.

    “This morning she is running around with tail in the air, has been eating, and seems pretty good within herself.

    “I will see how she is over the next few days before making a decision, but if she comes through the run well enough I will keep her going and give her a few runs at Menangle before she has a break.”

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