Madeleine, a Capable Substitute
Part-owner and trainer Jocelyn Young didn’t have to look far to engage a driver for her smart mare Has No Fear in the Seven West Media Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when she was committed to act as a bridesmaid at a friend’s wedding in Baldivis.
She called on her sister Madeleine to drive the four-year-old and Madeleine, who had never handled the mare in a race or in trackwork, gave a polished display to land Has No Fear, a $12.30 chance, a fast-finishing, last-stride winner over the $2.25 favourite Just Makemine Diamonds.
Has No Fear was awkwardly drawn at barrier six, but Madeleine quickly positioned her in the one-out and two-back position, with Just Makemine Diamonds setting the pace after a lead time of 37sec., followed by comfortable opening quarters of 31.3sec. and 29sec.
“It all worked out well for me,” said Madeleine Young. “When I pulled Has No Fear out (three wide with 450m to travel) she really exploded.”
The final 800m was covered in 57.6sec. and Has No Fear rated 1.57 over the 2130m. Delightfulreaction (third) and Queen Shenandoah (fourth) finished strongly out wide.
Has No Fear has bounced back to top form and has won at three of her past six starts, following a losing run of 22. She has earned $232,363 from ten wins and 14 placings from 47 starts.