A long head was the difference between a winning treble and double for Proven Thoroughbreds on Friday.
Proven was represented by three runners at the Grafton meeting and almost had the perfect day out.
The game filly took a narrow split in the straight and was denied only by a fast-finishing horse to her outside.
Despite falling just short of a rare treble, any time you can jag two winners and a second from three runners is a welcome result.
And Grafton has been a happy hunting ground for our Brisbane trainer Steve O’Dea who has used the big-track venue to capitalise on BOBS-eligible horses and some New South Wales’ lucrative prizemoney. Since the beginning of last season, the stable has racked up 11 winners and five placegetters from only 25 starters – that’s a winning strike rate of 44 percent!
MISSED THE ALARM was probably the most exciting prospect to come out of the meeting. The three-year-old daughter of RIP VAN WINKLE covered a stack of ground and was very green in the home straight – veering towards the outside rail – but proved a class above her opposition over the 1700m trip. Steve expects the filly to flourish once she races over 2000m and beyond.