It's Semiramide Again

Five-year-old mare Semiramide, who ended a 12-month drought and broke a losing sequence of 23 with an all-the-way victory in the Race For Roses last Friday week, repeated the dose with another frontrunning victory in the 2096m Fresh Express Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

This gave the New Zealand-bred pacer a perfect record in stands two appearances in the space of eight days for two wins.

Semiramide, trained by Giles Inwood and driven by Gary Hall Jnr, was second favourite at $3.80 from the inside of the front line. She jumped straight into the lead but had to withstand a spirited challenge for the lead over the first 300m from $61 outsider Allwood Peacemaker.

Punters groaned when $2.50 favourite The Bird Dance galloped from the back mark of 20m and settled down several lengths behind Semiramide. Newcomer Divinia Bellezza, a stablemate of The Bird Dance, galloped badly and lost about six lengths.

Dylan Egerton-Green sent Divinia Bellezza forward and into the breeze after a lap. The mare was fighting on doggedly in fourth position on the home turn when she was checked and broke. The Bird Dance started a three-wide move from the rear approaching the bell and put in an outstanding performance to finish a close-up fourth.  

Semiramide now has had 57 starts for eight wins, 16 placings and $72,870 in prizemoney.