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    PEACEFUL was too slick in the APG Final for three-year-old fillies

    PREMIER horsewoman Belinda McCarthy has made a clean sweep of tonight’s Australian Pacing Gold Finals for three-year-olds. Capturing the fillies’ division with Peaceful, McCarthy... Two down, but more to go!

    PREMIER horsewoman Belinda McCarthy has made a clean sweep of tonight’s Australian Pacing Gold Finals for three-year-olds.

    Capturing the fillies’ division with Peaceful, McCarthy completed the double at Club Menangle just moments ago when Sweetheart Bart proved too good in the ‘boys’ decider.

    Naturally thrilled with the result, McCarthy stated there was little time to soak in the occasion as business is far from complete.

    “To win both Finals is amazing, but our night is not over,” McCarthy said. “The team still has runners in two more APG Finals, so hopefully we’ll have a bit of luck in those as well.

    “That said, I couldn’t be happier with the way those two went for their owners.”

    Driven by Jack Callaghan, Peaceful led throughout from barrier six to score by five-and-a-half metres from Jewel Melody.

    Promiseland, with McCarthy’s husband, Luke, in the cart, was seven metres away third for trainer Michael Doltoff.

    “With her gate speed the plan was always to go forward,” McCarthy said. “Once she got to the front she was never going to be run down and hit the line quite well.”

    Taking her record to six wins and six placings from 13 starts, the daughter of Sweet Lou covered the mile in 1:52.2, with her time 2.9 seconds quicker than her stablemate.

    Also reined to glory by Callaghan, Sweetheart Bart set the pace from the pole on his way to a three-and-a-half metre win from Don Hugo, which is also trained by McCarthy.

    Horn Player was a metre-and-a-half away third.

    “From the draw he was always the one to beat,” McCarthy said.

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