IT TOOK a track record performance, but Pink Galahs has successfully defended her Bill Collins Sprint title.
Shocking the nation with her success in the Group One as a three-year-old last season, Pink Galahs rated 1:54.2 over 1650 metres to retain the throne.
The trotter’s time sliced two-tenths of a second from Glenferrie Typhoon’s mark established in 2016.
Pink Galahs rated 1:54.3 over 1720 metres during last season’s edition at Tabcorp Park Melton.
An emotional trainer Matthew Craven quickly paid tribute to Pink Galahs’ incredible will to race.
“At one stage we were told she shouldn’t be racing, but she just has an amazing competitive drive,” Craven said.
“It is hard to describe her…she is just a wonderful mare and I’m so blessed to have her in the stable.”
With Craven in the cart, Pink Galahs began quickly from the pole to gain the run of the race behind the leader, Majestuoso.
Angled away from the pegs at the top of the home straight, the squaregaiter claimed the front in the final stride to score by a half-head from Majestuoso.
In a ‘blanket finish’, Sleepee was a half-head away third.
“She travelled so well during the run, but I didn’t know if I could pick Majestuoso up,” Craven said. “On the line I thought I just missed.
“She got to him, but he fought on so well I wasn’t sure.
“Thankfully she got her nose in front in time.”
Pink Galahs is by Skyvalley, which won the sprint in 2009 when rating 1:56.4 over 1720 metres.