Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing
Brilliant young pacing mare Nevermindthechaos will compete in her first standing-start event, the $30,000 Race For Roses next Friday fortnight, provided she qualifies with a satisfactory trial in a stand.
“She has plenty of good races coming up,” said part-owner and trainer Michael Young after Gary Hall Jnr had driven her to a narrow victory in the 2130m Hoist Solutions Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
“She will probably have another start next Friday before running in the Race For Roses, and after that there’s a $50,000 Westbred event for mares and a $50,000 APG feature event.”
Nevermindthechaos, the $1.50 favourite, raced in the breeze, with the $3.60 second fancy Three Rumours setting a brisk pace on Friday night before Hall sent her to the front on the home turn. She then had to fight on doggedly to beat Three Rumours by a head, rating 1.56.
After a modest lead time of 38.2sec. and an opening quarter of 29.9sec. the final 400m sections were covered in 28.6sec., 28.5sec. and 28.4sec. — a splendid 1min. 25.5sec. for the final 1200m.
“It takes a good mare to run those sectionals, three days after winning at a 1.53.4 rate over 1730m,” said Young.
Hall was impressed with the win, saying: “She felt super. She probably relaxed a bit better than she did over the 1730m on Tuesday. She still got a little bit keen, but she has a really good motor.
“I wasn’t going to pull the plugs, but I pulled them at the 100m because Three Rumours was kicking back. Nevermindthechaos loves racing and there is no real reason to put her head in front until you need to. Tonight, she got to the lead on her own steam, but I gave her a few flicks late to keep her mind on the job.”